Seth Green was born in Rochester, New York back in 1817 to Adonijah and Betsy. During his childhood, he learned fishing skills from his father and the local Seneca people. He did go to school but quit in the fifth or sixth grade, however exactly when he quit is lost to history. He left his home in 1837 to take up commercial fishing along the Genesee River.
In 1868, he was one of three people appointed to the first New York State Fish Commission. Their annual budget was $1,000.00. in 1871, the California Fish Commission asked Seth to stock the Sacramento River with the American Shad. He arrived seven days later with 10,000 of them. By the early 1870’s he was internationally recognized as a leading expert on fish culture. While on a fishing trip in 1882 off the coast of the Carolinas he contracted typhoid pneumonia, he never fully recovered. He died in 1888 in Rochester, New York.
What you may not know about Seth is that he established the first fish hatchery in the United States in Caledonia, New York
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