Fish Hatchery

Our on-campus Fish Hatchery is a unique classroom-setting for hands-on education.

Faculty mentored student research activities give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom. Here Humboldt students get exposed to current aquaculture technologies and learn about the operation of recirculating aquaculture systems.

Get your feet wet at the Humboldt Fish Hatchery!


Humboldt Fish Hatchery

Egg Incubation

School of Cutthroat Trout

DNA Sampling


Broodstock Selection

Fish in Tank


Patrick Nero
Hatchery Manager

Freshwater Fish Hatchery
Department of Fisheries Biology
Cal Poly Humboldt
Arcata, CA 95521 USA
Phone: 707-826-3445   
FAX: 707-826-4060

Campus location:
Wildlife & Fisheries Building, Hatchery 103

6 circular tanks (10’ diameter)

6 circular tanks
(10’ diameter)

Egg incubators


10 tank quarantine and receiving RAS system

10 tank quarantine and
receiving RAS system

2 raceways (100’ × 5’)

2 raceways
(100’ × 5’)

Artificial Streams

Artificial Streams

16 circular fiberglass tanks (3’ diameter)

16 circular tanks
(3’ diameter)

50,000 gal water storage

50,000 gal water storage

Research Recirculating Aquaculture System

Research Recirculating
Aquaculture System

Recirculating fresh water system

Recirculating fresh water system