Fisheries, Midwest Region
Conserving America's Fisheries

Contacting the Coordination Office:

Greg Conover (Coordinator)
Email: LargeRiversCoordinator@fws.gov or MidwestNews@fws.gov
9053 Route 148
Marion, Illinois 62959

Phone: (618) 997-6869 x-18
Fax: (618) 997-9185
Cell: (618) 889-9600


Office Facts

  • Established: 1992

Geographic Area Covered

  • Region 2: Oklahoma and Texas

  • Region 3: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio

  • Region 4: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia

  • Region 5: Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York

  • Region 6: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana

  • Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Illinois rivers in    Region 3 

  • Ninety-three interjurisdictional rivers in the Mississippi River Basin

Office Goals

  • Improve basin wide networking and coordinating mechanisms 

  • Develop an information management program based on standardized methods 

  • Determine and document the socioeconomic value of interjurisdictional fishery resources and related recreation 

  • Improve communication and coordination among entities responsible for fisheries resource management

Services Provided To

  • Project leader serves as Coordinator/Executive Secretary for the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association (MICRA). 

  • Other federal, state, tribal and private entities 

  • Other Fish and Wildlife Service program offices

Activity Highlights

  • Basinwide coordination of a paddlefish study documenting population levels, habitat use, and life history 

  • Publication of River Crossings, a national newsletter on riverine ecology, conservation and management 

  • Establishment of programs to address basinwide interjurisdictional rivers fisheries management issues

Last updated: January 29, 2013