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Northeast Fishery Center (NEFC - Lamar, Pennsylvania)

NEFC includes the Lamar Fish Technology Center and the Lamar Fish Health Center, and provides technical assistance in the areas of population ecology, conservation genetics, fish health, and fish culture technology to the FWS and partners throughout the Northeast Region of the FWS.  Focus areas include:

  • Determining the effects and distribution of pathogens and parasites in wild fish populations
  • Monitoring the health of fish populations at fish hatcheries
  • Developing culture and management techniques for the recovery of threatened, endangered, and imperiled fish species
  • Providing technical assistance with statistical analyses, study design, and simulation modeling
  • Providing technical assistance on management plans for inter-jurisdictional and migratory fishes through population dynamics, genetic analyses, and stock assessment techniques
  • Monitoring fish populations to understand drivers of long-term changes in population dynamics
  • Quantifying the genetic structure of populations and quantifying estimates of genetic diversity
  • Linking population genetic information to habitat parameters to understand factors driving population interaction


NEFC projects have dealt with a variety of aquatic species; including both fish and freshwater mussels.  In addition, staff at NEFC also works with partners to implement projects associated with the National Fish Habitat Action Plan-Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, and with the National Fish Passage Program.  Additional information about NEFC activities, staff, and projects can be found on their website: (

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