Conservation Fisheries has developed propagation protocols for this beautiful and unique darter and has been separately maintaining four populations at our hatchery. Similar propagation methods could possibly be used for other members of this unique subgenus, Ozarka.
Slackwater darters, like other Ozarka, spawn in late winter or early spring during times of small streams flooding up into fields. Due to people drawing groundwater our of the area or entrenching streams these fish are finding it difficult to reproduce each year. The draw down of ground water causes small streams that the slackwater darter utilizes to dry up seasonally, greatly imperiling the adults during the summer months.