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  • Here is the latest issue of the Natchitoches NFH newsletter.

    October- November newsletter

  • Here is the September newsletter from Natchitoches NFH.


    September Newsletter

  • Here is the August newsletter from Natchitoches NFH

    August newsletter

  • On Wednesday, 8 August 2012, biologists from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LSU AgCenter, and Nicholls State University released 170 juvenile alligator gar at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier, Louisiana.  The young alligator gar were produced from broodstock collected from Rockefeller Refuge in January 2012.  The broodstock were transported to the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station for spawning in late April.  The resulting larval and juvenile alligator gar were raised at the LSU AgCenter and Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery (NFH).  The fish raised at Natchitoches NFH were returned to the LSU AgCenter in July 2012.  On 30 July, 170 juvenile alligator gar were tagged with passive integrated transponders (PIT tags) to identify individuals.  Additional releases of PIT tagged juvenile alligator gar will occur this fall.  The goal of this multi-agency and institution project is to obtain growth and movement data from hatchery raised alligator gar that are released into native habitats.  Data from this project are critical for restocking efforts in states where alligator gar have been extirpated or where populations have declined.

    Photo - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Brac Salyers releasing juvenile alligator gar at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge on 8 August 2012.

  • Greetings everyone.  Click on the link below to check out the latest issue of Natchitoches NFH's newsletter.

    Hatchery newsletter

  • The SDAFS Alligator Gar Technical Committee will hold its 2012 meeting in conjunction with the 2012 SDAFS Annual Meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi at the IP Casino Resort and Spa.   The Alligator Gar Technical Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012, in Room H of the Conference Facilities in the IP.  Important topics for this meeting will include Agency/State/University updates and informal presentations, discussions on proposed basin wide management efforts, and a guest speaker.  This year, because of time constraints, we will keep presentations somewhat informal (i.e., do not feel obligated to produce a 15-20 minute powerpoint). 

    If someone wishes to share information that requires a 15-20 powerpoint presentation and time slot, we can accommodate a few (3-4 at most) requests.  However, these will be limited and will be accommodated on a first come basis.  For those of you needing additional time slots, please submit your request to me by C.O.B. on January 13, 2012.  For all other update information (e.g. Agency/State/University), please keep the time limited.  Again, this is due to limited time constraints, especially in the morning session.   The afternoon session will be obligated to our guest speaker and proposed basin wide management efforts. 

    Also at the 2012 SDAFS Meeting, the Alligator Gar Technical Committee is hosting a workshop.  The workshop will be held on Friday, January 27, 2012 and is titled: Telemetry/tagging techniques and sonar sensing/habitat assessment technologies.  The intent of the workshop is to provide a convenient and less distracted environment for researchers to be introduced to, and become familiar with, advancements of multiple telemetry/tagging gear types and sonar sensing and habitat assessment technologies. Vendors from various companies will be in attendance to present information and discuss their products.  Hopefully, this workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for fisheries professionals to interact with vendors and to discuss specific research needs by utilizing the most recent technological advancements in fisheries monitoring.  The workshop will be from 9am-3pm (FYI - times have not yet been updated on the SDAFS Meeting website) and is open to everyone.  Registration for this workshop is $30 for professionals/$15 for students.

    Please feel free to contact me, Lindsey Lewis, or Allyse Ferrara if you have questions regarding the meeting or workshop.  I look forward to seeing everyone in Biloxi.  If I do not speak to or see any of you before then, have a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  • Hi folks. Just checking to see what was happening in the world of alligator gar. What plans have you this spring, and what help might this group provide in carrying out those plans? Let's use the means of communication to help each other as we try to conserve these magnificent fish. Take care. Jan

  • Many thanks to Ricky Campbell and his faithful crew for capturing brood gator gar recently, spawning them and distributing fry to lots of places (23 or so?).  The fry hatched on May 2 and probably are being fed brine shrimp and commercial feed together at this time; at least ours are being offered both, and they seem to be going after the commercial feed more and more.  If anyone has a really successful larval gar feeding protocol, such as the one used by Warm Springs, then feel free to share it with all.
  • Hey everyone has to be famous for something.  Being ugly ain't that bad if you have that great personality.  Trust me, I know!
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