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Fisheries Center to Undergo Renovation 

At the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, schoolchildren marvel at the schools of fish in the indoor and outdoor aquariums, study the exhibits and learn how Texas’ diverse inland waterways connect all living creatures. The well-stocked fishing ponds provide an opportunity for visitors of all ages to wet a line, and thousands of new anglers have caught their very first fish here. 

TFFC’s aquariums and exhibits are due for an update, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is raising private funds to renovate outdoor aquariums and tanks, update the indoor exhibit area and renovate covered walkways. Planning is well underway, and construction should begin by early summer 2023. These enhancements will ensure that new generations of Texans can learn about and enjoy healthy populations of bass, trout and other freshwater sportfish.

TFFC also attracts avid anglers who want to learn more about the fisheries resources they love. TFFC’s fish hatchery plays an important role in the conservation of one of Texas’ most sought-after sportfish — the mighty bass. The facility is home to the renowned Toyota ShareLunker program. The giant bass donated through the program are bred at TFFC and produce 3 million to 4 million "Lone Star" largemouth bass each year for stocking in Texas lakes. TFFC also houses the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

TFFC holds another important distinction: It was the first major public-private partnership between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The 106-acre site came to life in 1996 through the generosity of many organizations and individuals who supported the landmark project.

“We’re gratified at the support we’ve seen for TFFC but we’re not quite to our $4 million fundraising goal,” says TPWF Philanthropy Director Phil Lamb. “We invite those who love Texas freshwater fisheries resources to chip in to help get us over the top.”

Donate online at www.tpwf.org/tffc.

 TPWD Staff;  Rendering by Jackson & Ryan Architects

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