Welcome to the Edenton National Fish Hatchery
The Edenton National Fish Hatchery, located in the historic port town of Edenton, North Carolina, has
been producing fish for public use and restoration since the Hatchery was established in 1898. Enjoy
your visit to our site,and be sure to plan a trip to learn more about our programs in person.
Temporary Aquarium Closure
As a public health precaution, the Public Aquarium at Edenton NFH is temporarily closed for the
safety of staff and visitors.
Updates will be posted to the Edenton NFH website, fws.gov/edenton, and on Facebook: facebook.com/Edenton-National-Fish-Hatchery.
Although most hatchery lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask
that you do the
- Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary
based on local
public health conditions.
- Face masks are required in
buildings and on all federal lands.
- Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick.
Learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coronavirus Response.
Lake sturgeon fingerlings
Stocking American shad fry
Nesting killdeer at Edenton NFH
One-acre pond with aerator
Blueback herring fingerlings
- Provide American shad (Alossa sapidissima) for interjurisdictional fishery restoration of
the Neuse River system.
- Provide Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) for interjurisdictional fishery restoration of the
Tar/Pamlico and Neuse River systems.
- Provide Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis) for interjurisdictional fishery restoration of
the Chowan River system.
- Assist with production of imperiled Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) for restoration of
the Tennessee and Cumberland River systems.
- Provide other species (largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, etc) to State partners on an as
- Provide technical assistance and research on culture and propagation of new and imperiled aquatic
- Provide fishery management assistance to National Wildlife Refuges in the Carolinas and Southeast
- Provide fishery management assistance to other partners as needed.
Aerial photograph of Edenton National Fish Hatchery
Hatchery Quick Facts
- Established in 1898
- Six full time staff
- Hatchery size: 63.5 acres, 30 acres water
- Public Aquarium
- Warm water hatchery (the fish raised here do best in temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Tagged fish from Edenton NFH have been caught off the Atlantic coastline from North Carolina to as
far north as Massachusetts.