A HISTORY OF AQUACULTURE IN IDAHO
Please note a few things about our site - You can navigate to multiple galleries featuring unique information, pictures and artifacts using the tabs at the top of this page and in the sections below. There is also information about Idaho Fish and Game's Aquatic Education History Program at the bottom of this page. Please use the Contact Us page if you would like to get a hold of us.
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To Archive and Educate
Starting in 1999, Mick Hoover and Sharon Clark of the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game began collecting and cataloguing historically significant documents, photos, tools, equipment and other artifacts specific to the management and preservation of Idaho's fisheries resources. Beginning in 2020, this site was created by the ICAFS Aquaculture Committee to digitally showcase pieces from that collection and other sources that tell the story of aquaculture in Idaho. The galleries located within this site highlight the early history of aquaculture in Idaho. The foci of these galleries are on fish hatchery development, including: the people who helped establish and maintain them, the tools and equipment used in fish production, and the written record of how hatcheries evolved to their current status.
Note: this a growing collection that does not represent the complete history of aquaculture in the state, especially pertaining to privately operated aquaculture operations. Most of the photos and information in this collection were provided by the IDFG historical archives.
Idaho's fish hatcheries represent some of the earliest and most influential forms of fisheries conservation in the state. This gallery provides a history of some of the state's earliest hatchery programs.
Many of the tools and techniques utilized by aquaculture professionals today have direct ties to early designs. This gallery showcases many of those artifacts.
Images of some of the original guiding documents and unique publications focusing on Idaho hatcheries can be found in this gallery
AQUACULTURE COMMITTEE: IDAHO CHAPTER AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY
Illustration by Hailee Poulsen
The mission of the Aquaculture Committee is to promote the continuing development and enhancement of aquaculture and recognize its significance as an integral tool used in fisheries conservation and management. To that end, we are committed to the preservation and distribution of information about Idaho's aquaculture history.
THE IDAHO DEPT. OF FISH AND GAME COLLECTION
IDFG maintains a collection of photos, materials and artifacts specific to the management and conservation of state fisheries. The program is currently known as the Aquatic Education History Program
MEET THE HISTORIANS
Mick Hoover (left) and Sharon Clark (right) currently manage the Aquatic Education History Program.