Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission
Our Water Rights, Our Culture and Our Economy!


To assist in the recovery of Rio Grande Silvery Minnow by using a naturalized facility and conservation management to provide fish with an environment similar to that of the Middle Rio Grande allowing them to choose mate preference, forage for food, and evade predators. In addition, fish will be provided for augmentation and housed at the facility in case of disaster.

Aerial view of Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium The Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium is using native plants to provide natural ecosystem functions in a conservation fish hatchery. 10,000 baby Rio Grande silvery minnow, called fry, were stocked into their unique, award-winning outdoor facility at the Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium. The Rio Grande silvery minnow, listed as endangered under the federal endangered species act, have been induced to spawn in captivity using only cues similar to what the fish would experience in nature. Refugium staff