White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia (WVNS) – Species conservation projects at the White Sulfur Springs National Fish Hatchery have received national recognition.
Candy darter is a beautifully colored and endangered fish found only in the Kanawha and Greenbrier rivers.
To prevent candy darters from going extinct, the National Fish Hatchery started laying eggs last year before releasing them back into the wild.
“We laid the eggs here at the hatchery, hatched the eggs, and grew them to about 2.5 inches long, which is a pretty good size. It’s the first time we’ve ever seen one,” said Andrew Phipps, a fish biologist at the National Fish Hatchery.
Thanks to National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, Candy Darters will soon be seen nationwide.
A photograph of Sartore’s Candy Darter taken at the hatchery is available as a stamp in the United States Postal Service’s Endangered Species stamp collection. From March 2023, you will be able to send Candy Darter stamps worldwide.