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  • Both freshwater and saltwater fish are essential natural resources in the western United States. To ensure that fish stocks are healthy and their diverse habitats are protected, politicians have passed legislation to fund government agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and to support work at hatcheries, universities, and laboratories. Commercial fisheries and sport fishing enhance state and regional economies. Officials promote policies for recovering threatened and endangered fish species indigenous to the West and restoring them to native ecosystems to replenish fisheries.

    Federal, state, tribal, and local governments have established fish hatcheries in the West since the nineteenth century. The National Broodstock Program includes hatcheries located in western states. The National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center at Dexter, New Mexico, devotes ...

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