I work for a company called Conservation Fisheries. It’s a 20-year-old nonprofit based in Knoxville that focuses on the conservation of small, rare freshwater fish, such as chubs, darters, madtoms and minnows.
Our directors, J.R. Shute and Pat Rakes, began this organization to try to propagate what was believed to be an extinct species — the Smoky madtom that swims in the waters of the Smoky Mountain National Park. Today, the species seems to be thriving. And we now work with approximately 20 different species in states ranging from Alabama to New York.
Jessica Hendricks is a hatchery technician at Conservation Fisheries and listens to WUOT.