White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery
White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery (WSSNFH) was established in 1900 in the far southeastern corner of West Virginia. Originally established to produce fish for the nation’s lakes and streams, the hatchery became part of the National Broodstock Program in 1976 and began shipping millions of disease-free rainbow trout eggs across the country to state and federal hatcheries. In 1995, the hatchery added a new program: freshwater mussel conservation. Protecting freshwater mussels is important because they filter enormous amounts of water every day and help keep our rivers clean. Today, hatchery staff provide shelter for adult freshwater mussels threatened by pollution and raise baby freshwater mussels to help improve wild populations.
White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery is operated by the Dept. of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In the past, WSSNFH has produced brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, and largemouth bass. Today, the hatchery produces rainbow trout broodstock and freshwater mussels. As one of 65 federally-owned fish hatcheries in the United States, WSSNFH is one of three primary broodstock stations in the country for the production of rainbow trout. They ship approximately 8.4 million eggs per year to federal, state and tribal hatcheries in 13 states. WSSNFH began holding freshwater mussels from the Ohio River drainage in 1995. Freshwater mussels are vital in maintaining water-quality in our rivers and streams.
To learn more about the hatchery, please visit the US Fish & Wildlife WSS hatchery web site.