The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service receives its authority through a number of laws, treaties, and regulations focused on conservation. These various forms of legislation provide a framework and specific guidelines for much of the work the Service does domestically and internationally.
Follow the links below to read more about each treaty or law to which the United States is a party.
For the Service’s guide to fish and wildlife laws relating to the import, export, trade and sale of wildlife, click here .
For permit related laws, visit our Branch of Permits page.
Treaties & Conventions
U.S. Conservation Laws
Endangered Species Act (ESA)
Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)
Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA)
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