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The Santa Cruz Watershed Management Plan is Now Available

Featured Story – The Santa Cruz Watershed Management Plan “Providing anglers plentiful fishing opportunities while leading efforts to recover and protect rare aquatic species in southern Arizona’s Santa Cruz Watershed.” In 2009, state fisheries managers embraced the agency’s mission by… Continue Reading →

Featured Story – How Do We Monitor Apache Trout Recovery Streams?

The Apache Trout (Oncorhynchus apache) is native to streams in the Black, White, and Little Colorado rivers in Arizona and is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  Populations have fluctuated over time, with declines caused by many… Continue Reading →

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 →

Featured Story – Stocking Gila Topminnow into Arnett Creek

Persistence Pays Off May 15, 2017, was a special day, because a native fish project, 25 years in making, came to fruition. The Department and Tonto National Forest (Forest) staff stocked Gila Topminnow into Arnett Creek, near Superior. Back in… 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 →

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 →

News Release: Fisheries Experts Reclassify Three Native Fish Species as One

Arizona Game and Fish Department NEWS RELEASE For immediate release, Sept. 9, 2016 Fisheries experts reclassify three native fish species as one Decision will open the door to more conservation opportunities for roundtail chub  PHOENIX — A professional committee of… Continue Reading →

Featured Story: Gila Trout Management in Arizona

Native to the Gila River drainage in Arizona and New Mexico, Gila Trout (Oncorhynchus gilae) are one of Arizona’s two native trout species. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (Department), in cooperation with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish,… Continue Reading →

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