Gila Topminnow

Gila Topminnow in Action Against Mosquitos

Featured Story – Gila Topminnow in Action Against Mosquitos Believed to have been the most abundant native fish in Arizona waters, the range and number of Gila Topminnow (Poeciliopsis occidentalis) within the state has declined dramatically due to habitat degradation… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field – Lime Creek Gila Topminnow Survey

On March 16, 2017, Arizona Game and Fish Department and Salt River Project staff surveyed for Gila Topminnow in Lime Creek, a tributary of the Verde River. During the survey, 133 Gila Topminnow and 114 Longfin Dace were captured using… Continue Reading →

Featured Story- Desert Pupfish Stocking at International Wildlife Museum

On September 23, 2016, Arizona Game and Fish Department and International Wildlife Museum personnel returned approximately 365 Desert pupfish to the Museum’s native fish refuge pond in Tucson, AZ.  In a cooperative effort with the Arizona Game and Fish Department… Continue Reading →

Featured Story: Update on the Fossil Creek Native Fish Restoration Project

In 2004, the Department, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Public Service, and Northern Arizona University staff began efforts to restore Fossil Creek as a refuge for native fish. The first phase of… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field- Horseshoe Ranch Pond Native Fish Monitoring

On October 13, 2016 Region 6 Conservation and Mitigation Program (CAMP) conducted a native fish monitoring survey at Horseshoe Ranch Pond on the Department’s Horseshoe Ranch property. Multiple native fish species were introduced to the pond in 2015 and 2016…. Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field: Sampling at Larry Creek and Lousy Canyon

The Department and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently surveyed two remote creeks, Larry Creek and Lousy Canyon, in the Agua Fria River drainage on the Agua Fria National Monument. Gila Chub were introduced to these creeks in 1995, and Gila Topminnow… Continue Reading →

Featured Story: Safe Harbor Agreement for Topminnow and Pupfish in AZ

Safe Harbor Agreement – A Tool to Help Recover Topminnow and Pupfish in Arizona In March of 2008, a Safe Harbor Agreement for Topminnow and Pupfish (SHA) between the Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was finalized and… Continue Reading →

A Day in the Field: Stocking Gila Topminnow

Recently, Department personnel stocked Gila Topminnow into a pond on the property of the San Rafael Cattle Company, a working cattle ranch in the upper Santa Cruz River basin. The ranch has been enrolled as a cooperator under the Safe… Continue Reading →

In the Field: Native Fish Introductions in Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

Since 2011, the Department, in partnership with Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has completed 37 stockings of federally endangered native fish into 17 locations within Las Cienegas and San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Areas. This… Continue Reading →

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