© Dawn Kish
HATCHERY MANAGERRandy Shine
The last thing Randy Shine wants to do on his day off is fish. That’s because he spends his days managing the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Canyon Creek and Silver Creek fish hatcheries. “I’m with fish every day,” he says. While you won’t lure Shine into a game of go fish, he’s as dedicated as they come. Shine grew up fishing, and, for the past 32 years, he’s worked in hatcheries across the country. Last year, he was hired by Game and Fish to raise rainbow trout and Arctic grayling from eggs acquired from the Ennis National Fish Hatchery in Montana. Ask Shine about his work, and he’ll tell you it’s a lot like farming: “There are a lot of variables, like temperature — which affects growth rates — the amount of water we have, and water quality, and you have to make adjustments based on the conditions you have.” Of course, like any good farmer, Shine is willing to get his hands dirty, which means there’s a good chance you’ll find him scooping fish feed from 5-gallon buckets.
— Kathy Ritchie
For more information about the Canyon Creek and Silver Creek fish hatcheries, call 602-942-3000 or visit www.azgfd.gov.