Dec 14 2015
10:12 am
By: WhitesCreek

A Joel Sartore photo of a rare and endangered Tennessee fish was recently projected onto St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. It was taken in Knoxville at the facilities of Conservation Fisheries. I am very proud to be on the Board of this excellent organization that works so hard to save our native aquatic diversity. If you get to feeling the love there's a donate button and a tone of great pictures and info at: (link...)


Last week in conjunction with the Paris climate talks, a magnificent display of rare and endangered animals was projected onto the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Among those projections was that of the Yellowfin Madtom.

A Federally Threatened miniature catfish from East Tennessee and SW Virginia! National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore, made several visits to East Tennessee to photograph rare animals. He sought out Co-Directors J. R. Shute and Patrick Rakes of Conservation Fisheries, Inc. (CFI) located right here in Knoxville! CFI has been propagating the Yellowfin Madtom and as many as 60 other species of rare fishes for nearly 30 years! Shute and Rakes are both graduates of the University of Tennessee Knoxville. They began their work with Endangered fishes while in graduate school and eventually formed the non-profit organization where they continue this work.

CFI has been featured in National Geographic magazine on three different occasions over the years, most recently in the March 2015 issue. Joel Sartore's work is frequently found in the pages of National Geographic and he has published a beautiful book, Rare, featuring rare animals from all over North America, including several from the tanks at Conservation Fisheries.

Conservation Fisheries is the only private, non-profit facility of its kind in the U. S. In addition to propagating these rare fish, CFI is heavily involved in monitoring rare fish populations across the Southeast.

Below is one of many links that tells a bit about the display at the Vatican.


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