Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

AFS completes assessment, issues new guidance regarding hatchery operation and the use of hatchery-origin fish.

Abstract

This paper discusses the contents of the Hatcheries and Management of Aquatic Resources (HaMAR)document which highligths updates and expansion of the previous Propagated Fishes in Resource Management also known as the "PFIRM considerations" and is intended to provide aquatic resource managers with timely and comprehensive guidance regarding hatcheries and their products. Key issues presented includes: priority shifts identified during HaMAR, habitat restoration and management efforts as companions to stocking, establishing appropriate uses for hatchery-origin fish and defining expectations for stocking programs, hatchery operation and propagation techniques and its limitations, monitoring and flexible/adaptive management of stocking programs, culture of imperiled species and conservation hatcheries, fish health and access to disease management tools, biological and other interactions between wild and hatchery fish, risk assessment and decision making, biosecurity and strategies to maintain genetic integrity and diversity in hatchery-origin fish.