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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Friday, June 20, 2014

Paddlefish Stocked in the Bouie River

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently stocked 2,020 paddlefish fingerlings into the Bouie River near Hattiesburg.  MDWFP and USFWS have been working together to assess and restore paddlefish stocks in the Pascagoula River drainage.  Partially funded by a State Wildlife Grant through the USFWS, adult paddlefish were collected from the Bouie River in March, transported to the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, and successfully spawned.

"We have been working diligently with the USFWS to collect, tag, and genetically identify paddlefish stocks in the Pascagoula River and its tributaries," said Lauren Thayer, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist. "Our goal is to collect adult paddlefish endemic to the Pascagoula River system and use their offspring to supplement the native paddlefish stocks."  According to Thayer, another 2,500-3,000 paddlefish will be released into the Pascagoula River this fall.

For more information regarding fish or fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601) 432-2212. 


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