The state of Florida has two freshwater fish hatcheries.
The Florida Bass Conservation Center is in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve in Sumter County miles away from any city population.
The other is the Blackwater Fisheries Research and Development Center located in the Blackwater River State Forest near Holt.
Florida’s only saltwater hatchery is the Stock Enhancement Research Facility in Port Manatee in an industrial area sandwiched between the Terra Ceia State Park and Tampa Bay Estuarine Ecosystem Rock Ponds.
If you’re wondering how much has been spent on the project so far – $607,175.11 according to the latest figures on gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.