Edenton National Fish Hatchery, located in the historic port town of Edenton, North Carolina, has been producing fish for public use and restoration since the Hatchery was established in 1898. Edenton National Fish Hatchery is one of fourteen hatcheries managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in the Southeast Region. These hatcheries serve a vital role in the management of our fishery resources.
Fish raised on Federal hatcheries are stocked in public waters to support Federal fishery responsibilities mandated by law. These include fish for restoration where, for example, man-made dams have altered a stream’s natural reproductive capability; to recover threatened or endangered populations; to restore interjurisdictional fish populations, or to support depleted recreational fish populations in Federal and state waters.
Edenton National Fish Hatchery is a warm water hatchery, which means we raise fish that do best in water temperatures above 65 degrees. The Atlantic Striped Bass and the American Shad are regular tenants of the hatchery, but other species occasionally become the focus of various restoration projects. We primarily stock the rivers and streams of North Carolina, but also provide fish to the states of Virginia and South Carolina to aid in their restoration efforts.
Edenton maintains the capability to quickly respond and restore fish populations decimated by man-made or natural disasters. In recent years, Edenton has produced largemouth bass and bluegill to recover waters devastated by hurricanes Floyd and Isabel.
The hatchery is open to visitors, and has a public aquarium and indoor classroom. Visitors can also walk on a nature trail, a raised boardwalk through wetland. The hatchery is also a designated stop on the North Carolina Coastal Birding Trail.