U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
About the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is an agency of the Department of the Interior. Our mission is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
The Fish and Wildlife Service manages the National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates national fish hatcheries, fishery resource offices and ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.