The Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Fish Research Hatchery (FRH) is located a few miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado, in the small town of Bellvue. The main hatchery building, concrete raceways and shop were built in the mid 1960’s with additions added over the years. From the very beginning the mission of this facility was to provide support to the Aquatic Section (researchers, biologists and hatcheries), and today the mission remains the same. The Fish Research Hatchery personnel work closely with CPW Aquatic Researchers, Native Species Coordinators, biologists, hatchery managers, various recovery programs and CPW administrators to accomplish research recovery goals and objectives.
Over the years, FRH’s has done such a wide spectrum of aquatic research (from fish nutrition and salmonid brood stock development to boreal toad production) that it would be hard to list all of the projects. Past research and projects done at the FRH can be reviewed in prior Federal Aid Job Progress Reports under “Hatchery Studies." A couple of current projects and research topics are briefly described below.