The Center for Aquatic Technology Transfer (CATT) is a science delivery program. CATT biologists and technicians are Southern Research Station (SRS) employees funded by the National Forest System (NFS). Guided by core values of communication, partnership, inclusion, accountability, and safety, we collaborate with the Forest Service science community and others to develop custom solutions for our project partners.

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The CATT was created in 1995 in response to the growing need for research technologies to be applied directly to management challenges. The number of research personnel was, and still is, too small relative to the number of fisheries and aquatics resource managers to satisfy specific needs. Our mission is to increase the capacity of our partners through delivery of science-based support.

Full-time CATT personnel are stationed in Blacksburg, VA and provide services throughout the U.S. .

Our focus is on aquatics related management challenges. Our flexible organizational structure allows us to rapidly develop and apply custom solutions to both short and long term projects. Past projects range from providing a field technician for an afternoon of fish sampling, to region-wide, multi-year efforts, including sampling design, personnel management, data analysis, and reporting.

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CATT Marketing Card

For more information on the services we provide, you can view our marketing card.