If you’re a fan of ours on Facebook, you may have noticed links to our fisheries podcast over the past few weeks. The series, consisting of nine interviews, is designed to highlight different hot topics throughout the country. Right now we’re in our sixth week, so we have three more podcasts to go.
How much do you know about the program, why it was started, or what it’s all about?
Well, this is the Fisheries 140th year. In 1871, the U.S. Department of State encouraged the establishment of the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries. There was a growing concern over the decline in the Nation’s fishery resources, a lack of information about the status of the Nation’s fisheries, and a need to define and protect fishing rights in the United States.
Today, our Fisheries Program plays an important role in conserving America’s fisheries. We work with key partners from States, Tribes, federal agencies, other Fish and Wildlife Service programs, and private interests in a larger effort to conserve fish and other aquatic resources.