Fish Technology Center celebrates 125 years


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Bozeman's Fish Technology Center this week is celebrating 125 years in operation. The center will celebrate the milestone Saturday with a day of special events held in conjunction with the center's annual Watershed Festival.

Established in 1892, the center opened as the first national fish hatchery in the northern Rocky Mountains and was responsible for keeping lakes and rivers stocked with enough fish to sustain the ecosystem.

In 1983, it became one of only seven fish research centers in the United States.

To commemorate the anniversary, the center will host fly-tying and casting lessons, exhibits and face painting, duck races, tours of the hatchery, live music, food and a popular fishing derby for kids.

"A full day of fun for the kids...Families to enjoy this wonderful place. This place is really a community place. It's always active throughout the year...And that's what makes working here so fabulous," said Center Director Robert Muth.

Another big event scheduled for the weekend includes an unveiling of a replica of a pallid sturgeon.