Fisheries and Habitat Conservation

Bryan Arroyo
Assistant Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Bryan Arroyo, Fisheries and Habitat Conservation Assistant Director

Bryan Arroyo serves as the Assistant Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation. In this position he is responsible for the Environmental Quality, Fisheries and Habitat Conservation Programs of the Service.  With a budget of over 280 million dollars his program covers a wide range of conservation issues.  He leads the Service in issues related to fish passage, conservation partnerships (such as the National Fish Habitat partnership, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Coastal Program, among others), Aquatic Invasive Species (co-chairing the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force), Clean Water Act 404, Costal Barriers Resource Act, Marine Mammals Protection Act, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing, National Wetlands Inventory, National Environmental Policy Act, Sikes Act, and youth efforts.

Bryan served as the Assistant Director for Endangered Species July 2009.  He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Director for Endangered Species from December 2006 until December 2007.  Prior to serving as Deputy Assistant Director, he served as the Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Southwestern Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from December 1998 until December 2006. 

With over 20 years of experience, Bryan has served at field, regional and national offices of the Service.  Prior assignments include a 1990 appointment as a student trainee with the Service’s field office in Arlington, Texas.  After completing his graduate degree in 1991, he was appointed to a full time permanent position in that office and then transferred to the Service’s field office in Austin, Texas.  In 1994, he transferred to the Service’s headquarters office in Arlington, VA.  He has served on special assignments as Field Supervisor in Panama City, Florida and as Deputy Regional Director in Region 3.

In May 2006, he received OPM certification for the DOI SES Candidate Development Program.  As part of the program, he completed developmental assignments with the National Association of Home Builders and the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality in Washington, DC.  He also completed Harvard University’s Senior Executive Fellows program. 

Born in New York City and raised in his parent’s natal Puerto Rico, Bryan attended the public school system in Puerto Rico, graduating from Ponce High School in 1982.  He attended Catholic University of Puerto Rico and graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in science with a major in biology.  In 1991, he earned a master’s degree in science with a major in zoology from the University of Arkansas. He is married and has two daughters; Nicole who attends Rochester Institute of Technology and Hazel who attends Centreville High School in Clifton, VA.  Bryan is an outdoor enthusiast and particularly enjoys fishing, hiking, and nature photography. 

Last updated: November 4, 2011
Fisheries and Habitat Conservation
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