Connecticut River Coordinator's Office
Northeast Region
 
Photo of two biologists sampling fish in the Connecticut River. - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo of two biologists sampling fish in the Connecticut River. Credit: USFWS

What is fisheries management? It’s the science of balancing the needs of aquatic animals with the changing state of the environment in order to establish an equilibrium that provides healthy fish, healthy habitat, healthy economics and healthy people.

How is it accomplished? State and Federal biologists use a cooperative, interdisciplinary approach to monitor and evaluate the status of fisheries and their habitat, identify concerns, and, when required, take actions to restore and conserve the resource.

Since many of these concerns come from the pressures and demands of a growing human population, it is important that fisheries management solutions consider the human dimension.

What does it look like? Examples of fisheries management activities are described below. It is just a convenience for This link opens in a new windowfisheries biologists to categorize these activities by fish species. In reality, many of these activities overlap such that what is done to address the concerns for one species helps to conserve another. In this respect, fisheries management as a whole is essentially the same as ecosystem management.
 

Photo of biologists monitoring the stream for fish growth and survival by using backpack electroshocking equipment - Photo credit:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo of biologists monitoring the stream for fish growth and survival by using backpack electroshocking equipment. Credit: USFWS

 

 

 
Last updated: September 1, 2010
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