The Brady family: From Natchitoches to Florida

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The staff at Welaka National Fish Hatchery in Florida welcomed Tony Brady as their new Deputy Project Leader. Tony was with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 13 years, and comes to Welaka from Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery where he spent the past 6 years doing freshwater mussel research, Alligator Gar culture, and assisting other hatcheries in starting up successful mussel propagation programs.

Tony started his career as the Service’s first Mussel Propagation Biologist stationed at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery, Genoa, WI. At both of his former hatcheries, Tony has gained a lot of experience with outreach and connecting people with nature. Tony developed a very successful Archery Program at the Natchitoches NFH, through the Natchitoches Parish 4-H.

He is already making plans to work with the Putnam County 4-H to start an Archery club based here at the Welaka NFH. Tony brings three experienced archers with him to help start the Archery club in his daughters, Stasi, Jordan and Leslie. All three girls have competed in several Louisiana regional and state 4-H archery tournaments. Finishing out the Brady family is Tony’s wife Anita, the “Archery MOM”, as clearly stated by the large pink window decal plastered across the back window of their vehicle. Anita is a stay at home, homeschooling mom, who supports the girls and Tony in all their adventures. Welcome to Florida, Brady Bunch! The Welaka NFH is looking forward to teaching Tony about Striped Bass culture, and to see what he brings to enhance Welaka NFH in the future.