Propagation & Stocking

Hatchery-produced, stocked fish form the foundation to reestablish naturally self-sustaining populations of razorback sucker and bonytail in the upper Colorado River system. The Recovery Program maximizes the genetic diversity of wild broodstocks used to produce fish in hatcheries to increase the likelihood that stocked fish can cope with local habitat conditions in the wild. An integrated stocking plan was implemented in 2003 to expedite reestablishment of wild populations.