Stocking fish in a river in California
Fish stocking is the practice of raising fish in a hatchery and releasing them into a river, lake, or the ocean to supplement existing populations, or to create a population where none exists. Stocking may be done for the benefit of commercial, recreational, or tribal fishing, but may also be done to restore or increase a population of threatened or endangered fish in a body of water closed to fishing.
Fish stocking may be done by governmental agencies in public waters, or by private groups in private waters.
Fish stocking is a practice that dates back hundreds of years.
In the United States, the practice of stocking non-native fish for sport and food was just beginning in 1871, when the US Fish Commission was established. The head of the new agency, Spencer Fullerton Baird, was tasked to research "the decrease of the food fishes of the seacoasts and the lakes of the United States and to suggest remedial measures." Baird made his headquarters at Woods Hole on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There, his team of scientists and researchers conducted studies on striped bass, blue fish, and many other commercial and sport fish. They compiled their research into a 255 page report on United States fish resources. Congress granted the team 15,000 dollars to develop food fish stocks, and non-native fish such as rainbow trout, salmon, striped bass, and carp, were subsequently introduced successfully into United States lakes and rivers.
Stocking today 
Today, much more thought is put into introducing non-native species. Non-native species can decimate a fragile native species. Stocking is used to restore native species to waters where they have been overfished or can no longer breed. "Give and take" stocking practices are those where fish are stocked only to be fished, and then restocked. Practices today lean more towards sustainability.
In the United States, common species that are currently stocked for sport include trout, muskellunge, walleye, and several species of panfish.
Stocking Fish NH Fish and Game style
Join NH Fish and Game Hatchery staff and Conservation officer as they stock brookies in Southern NH.
Urban Fish Stocking
Urban Fish Stocking by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Fish Stocking (largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, fathead minnows, and hybrid striped bass)
In new ponds small (1-2") bluegill, redear sunfish, and fathead minnows are stocked to establish a forage base. Once the forage base is established, we then ...
Stocking Catfish in the Pond.wmv
Catfish were recently stocked in a pond located near Tylertown, Mississippi for fishing enjoyment. As this is our first experience with stocking fish, I want...
Wisconsin Lake & Pond Resource, LLC Fish Stocking
This is a video showing a typical fish stocking of a private pond. See our website for more information on placing your order. http://www.wisconsinlpr.com/de...
2013 Mile Square Fish Stocking -- Fishing Derby
The north lake at Mile Square Regional Park just got stocked with 1500 lbs. of trout for the Free Kids' Fishing Derby, March 16 at 7:30 a.m.! OC Parks, Cali...
Huge Trout Stocking Video - Thanksgiving Big Fish Celebration - 20+ Pounders !!
Video of the HUGE TROUT stocked Today on Weds., 11/25/09. Come catch some Monster Trout at Santa Ana River Lakes and Corona Lake this Friday, Saturday and Su...
DNR State Fair Fish Pond Stocking
Watch as DNR Fisheries crews stock the fish pond outside the DNR State Fair Building.
Science of Fishing: Stocking
Dr. Bruce Tufts explains how stocking fish can have a negative affect on the food web and introduce disease. For more green info and videos visit http://www....
Stocking the lake with 1800 pounds of rainbow trout
We were sitting in Stanley Idaho's Lake Stanley enjoying a beautiful day when they came to stock the lake.
Mon, 20 May 2013 20:29:02 -0700
Recognizing SONS Effort in Fish Stocking. Tweet. May 20, 2013 - The SONS of Lake Erie were honored for their 30 years of service in the community. The Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission gave the SONS the recognition at the Polish Falcons Hall.
Thu, 16 May 2013 09:49:31 -0700
Brain Tankersly, sales manager with Mitchell Chevrolet, presents a check for $750 to Cara Rose, executive director of the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The money will be used to support fish stocking of the Greenbrier River in ...
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Great Lakes Echo
Wed, 08 May 2013 21:14:55 -0700
This year's fishing season is starting on the wheels of stocking trucks, new regulations and programs to attract more participants. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said its $9 million program is stocking 19 million fish – 370 tons – including ...
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:06:35 -0700
The Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding a fish stocking sale this spring. A variety of fish for ponds will be available for sale, including rainbow trout, largemouth bass, minnows, channel catfish and minnows. Grass carp will ...
Daily Miner and News
Thu, 23 May 2013 17:56:23 -0700
... Kenora-area lakes with trout 0. Marney Blunt/Daily Miner and News. Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:53:39 EDT PM. MNR fish stocking technicians Norm Hissa and Aron Causyn paddle across Emerson Lake to take brook trout to East Emerson Lake. MNR photo ...
Thu, 23 May 2013 12:45:17 -0700
Word of the fish-stocking plea deal was welcomed by avid members of Ohio's steelhead fishing clubs. Greg Senyo of Poland, owner of Steelhead Alley Outfitters, said the punishment fit the couple's crime. ``Basically, they've taken responsibility for ...
Trade Only Today
Fri, 24 May 2013 17:15:20 -0700
Conservation through participation: Buying a fishing license and registering a boat helps fund efforts to conserve natural waterways through projects such as fisheries research, habitat improvement, fish stocking, aquatic education and fishing and ...
Fri, 24 May 2013 15:54:49 -0700
"The Governor asked me if I would consider releasing that project due to their ongoing discussions about trying to create a better environment up north for fish stocking and number of walleyes in our lakes," says Rep. Kaufert. This week, Governor Scott ...
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