Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium (Fact sheet)

Credit: Douglas Tave (USA)

This 2-side page illustrated fact sheet provides brief information on the naturalized refugium (the conservation fish culture component) of the Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium, which is located in New Mexico, USA, and which is operated by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission. The facility is designed and operated to produce Rio Grande silvery minnow (Hybognathus amarus) which was been listed as endangered in 1994, using conservation aquaculture principles and management. The fact sheet covers the history of the facility as well as its functions, features and cost.

Papers that describe the why conservation fish hatcheries are needed, the design concepts of the naturalized outdoor refugium, how it is operated, how it was transformed from sterile concrete and soil into a conservation unit, and how fish are raised for augmentation can be found in the following publications:

Tave, D., G. Haggerty, C.N. Medley, A.M. Hutson, and K.P. Ferjancic.  2011.  Los Lunas silvery minnow refugium:  a conservation hatchery.  World Aquaculture 42(2):28-34, 67.

Coleman, R., A.M. Hutson, L.A. Toya, and D. Tave.  2011.  Using native plants to provide natural ecosystem functions in a conservation fish hatchery.  Native Plants Journal 12:216-225.

Hutson, A.M., L.A. Toya, and D. Tave.  2012.  Production of the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow, Hybognathus amarus, in the conservation rearing facility at the Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 43:84-90.

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