Alysia Henderson recently joined the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Story Fish Hatchery as a fish culturist. Fish culturists are responsible for the daily feeding of fish, cleaning of troughs and raceways, monitoring the health of the fish, recording water temperature and flow information, as well as assisting with spawning and stocking operations, equipment maintenance and other duties throughout the year.
Henderson, a native of Evanston, began her career with WGFD in May 2014 as a temporary aquatic invasive species technician. Soon after, she joined the Daniel Fish Hatchery as a culture technician and worked for six months before taking a permanent position as a fish culturist in July 2016. She worked at Daniel Hatchery for two years before transferring to Story Hatchery on September 1.
She has a degree in zoology from the University of Wyoming and in her free time, can be found fishing or backpacking, often with her two dogs Annie and Mabel.
“Story Hatchery has always been one of my favorites,” she said. “It has five species of brood stock and that is pretty special. I grew up fishing with my grandfather and have always enjoyed being around fish and water. This job is a great fit for me and allows me to be around both every day.”