National Fish Hatcheries
National Fish Hatcheries are dedicated to restoring the health and abundance of native fishes. We work with State, Tribal and International partners to ensure that our recreational and commercial fishing heritage is maintained. We also work to recover endangered species, other species in peril and species that are ecologically valuable to health of rivers and streams, such as freshwater mussels. We have over 100 years of experience in the culture and production of our nation’s valuable aquatic resources.
National Fish Hatcheries also provide unique learning opportunities and a place for visitors to come relax outdoors. Find a national fish hatchery near you, take a tour or enjoy one of our fishing events.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices are working to restore wild native fishes and other culturally and ecologically valuable aquatic animals such as horseshoe crab and freshwater mussels. Our work involves restoring rivers, lakes and wetlands to reverse the damages of land practices that no longer serve the American public, and which caused declines in our fisheries and declines in the quality of rivers and lakes. We also evaluate the overall health of our native species and identify management actions that will help sustain natural populations in the wild. Additionally, we work to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species that threaten the health of our lakes and rivers, and that threaten fishing, recreation and tourism.
Northeast Fishery Center - Fish Health and Fish Technology
The Northeast Fishery Center (Center) plays a leading role in guiding the science and technology that is foundational to our species and habitat conservation and restoration efforts. The Center provides expertise in fish culture, fish health, population monitoring & assessment, and conservation genetics. The Center seeks to better understand the biological and ecological mechanisms that drive aquatic species and the ecosystems in which they live. This knowledge and understanding is key to helping managers make sound decisions that build sustainable fisheries, recover endangered and threatened species, and sustain healthy ecosystems and habitats throughout the northeastern United States and along the Atlantic coast.