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Local Biologist Honored For Work With Endangered Species


June 26, 2017

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologist Rachael Hoch with its Recovery Champion award, recognizing her significant contribution to the recovery of federally threatened or endangered animals.

For the past five years, Hoch has coordinated the state’s Conservation Aquaculture Center at the Marion Fish Hatchery, where she oversees the propagation and rearing of some of the rarest fish and mussels in the state.

Inside a non-descript converted shed at the hatchery are racks filled with tubs of water, with a network of PVC pipe circulating p...

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