Dirty Jobs: Hatchery Edition

Last week some of our SOLE team members visited the Pueblo Hatchery and were able to experience a day in the life of a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Fish Hatchery Technician! Our team was not afraid to get their hands dirty and the hard-working hatchery staff was kind enough to show us the ropes.

The Pueblo Hatchery is the only Colorado facility that raises both cold-water fish species (like trout) and warm-water fish species (like catfish and largemouth bass). It has 32 ponds that house literally millions of fish! While visiting, our SOLE staff helped transfer adult fish (called brooders) and their fish babies (called fry) to new ponds where they would grow until they were large enough to be stocked into a river or lake.

Have you always wanted to know how to transfer fish between hatchery ponds?? Me too! Here’s how it's done...

How to Transport Brooders:

Step 1: Drain most of the water from the pond so that all of the fish are left in one section and can be easily accessed.

Step 2: Using screens, herd all of the fish into one section of the pond. Make sure you’ve got your cool waders on! (See picture below)

Step 3: As one technician nets the fish, form an assembly line to quickly deliver the fish to the storage tanks of the truck.

Step 4: Pass the net full of fish from one person to another until it reaches the truck.