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Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery

The Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery in Charles City County, Va. is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is one of the oldest fish hatcheries in the region. The facility, which is adjacent to the VCU Rice Center, has been instrumental in advancing recovery and restoration programs for at-risk migratory fishes, including American shad, river herring and Atlantic sturgeon. Biologists at Harrison Lake work closely with Rice Center scientists and educators on a range of programs, providing an important link to nationally significant initiatives and access to fish holding and rearing facilities for VCU faculty and students.