Cherokee fish harvest reenactment, June 2014
Each year, the Service works with the Watershed Association for the Tuckasegee River, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and other partners in a reenactment of a traditional Cherokee fish harvest.

Local youth come to a historic fish weir on the Tuckasegee River where they spend the morning rotating through stations, learning about river biology and the historical use of the river by the Cherokee. The morning culminates in the children reenacting a traditional fish harvest by driving fish toward the fish weir which has been fitted with a fish trap. After the kids get a look at any fish that swim into the trap, the fish are released.

This year’s event was also significant because it included the release of young sicklefin redhorses into the river. Sicklefin redhorse is a fish that’s a candidate for inclusion on the federal endangered species list, and the subject of conservation efforts by the Service, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and Conservation Fisheries, Inc. The fish released into the Tuckasegee River were reared at the Service’s Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery in Georgia.
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