Fish and Aquatic Conservation
Northeast Region

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Salmon suit. Credit: USFWS
USFWS biologists in the salmon suit. Credit: USFWS

Calendar of Events

Fishing events are scheduled at some of the Service Fisheries facilities in the Northeast. See the Calendar of Events for dates and times.

Fishing Opportunities

The Fisheries Program supports fishing opportunities by:

  • Conducting wild fish health surveys, hatchery reared fish health inspections and screenings, and vaccinations and it provides support to others for maintaining fish health to protect not just the fish that are reared at national fish hatcheries but also at other facilities so that wild fish will remain healthy in our rivers and waterways. The Lamar Fish Health Center is a leader in this work.

  • Using limited surplus space at the all-volunteer Berkshire Trout Hatchery to produce trout for local fishing events

  • Protecting wild trout streams by producing disease-free rainbow trout eggs for the National Broodstock Program at the White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery so that the trout produced and released from state and federal hatcheries across the country will have only positive benefits for anglers and the natural aquatic resources we conserve.

Hiking Trails

Berkshire Trout Hatchery

Learning to clean shad. Credit: USFWS
Learning to clean shad. Credit: USFWS

This volunteer-operated hatchery is open to the public from 9-4 daily. Trail maps are available at the kiosk.  A variety of trails offer an interesting experience even for the seasoned hiker.  These 7.5 miles of trails are particularly beautiful in the fall. Learn more: Berkshire Trout Hatchery

Take Me Fishing

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) has a great website called Take Me Fishing. This website has tons of information, photos and video on fish species, where they’re found, and how to catch them. You can even get a fishing license through this site.

The Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC) created the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) to implement a national outreach strategy to increase recreational angling and boating and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need to protect, conserve and restore this nation's aquatic natural resources.

The Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC) is a federally chartered advisory committee established in 1993. President Clinton issued a Recreational Fisheries Executive Order in 1995 outlining what was expected. The SFBPC advises the Department of Interior Secretary, through the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on recreational fishing and boating issues. Its 18 members, who serve 2-year terms, include state resource agency directors, representatives of fishing and boating industries and associations, and experts in public outreach, resource conservation, and recreation (with the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the president of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies serving as ex officio members).

Pollinator and Native Plant Gardens

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, like other federal agencies, is working to reduce the negative impacts of its facilities on the environment. By using native plant gardens instead of conventional landscaping, Service facilities can reduce their use of water, fertilizers, pesticides and energy, while providing habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.

Fishing derby at the Northeast Regional Office. Credit: USFWS
Small girl in a wheelchair at a fishing derby. Credit: USFWS

Learn more about our Pollinator and Native Plant Gardens

School Programs

The Fisheries Program offers a variety of school programs throughout the northeast region.
Learn more about those programs here!

Visitors Centers

The Fisheries Program supports five Visitor Centers at hatcheries in the Northeast.
Learn more about these visitors centers and the services they offer.

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Last updated: September 10, 2015
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