Current Pacific Region Fisheries Program involvement in aquatic habitat issues varies among its field offices. Every fisheries program employee recognizes the value and importance of being engaged in addressing the need for better quality habitats for fish, especially those listed under the Endangered Species Act. In the past, Fishery Resource Offices engaged in a number of independent and partnership projects to conserve and restore watershed and riparian habitat. Since the Fisheries Program has minimal land-base, most efforts are done in cooperation with other federal agencies, states, Tribes, and private entities.
In order to focus our efforts, more scientific information on anadromous and resident fish habitat requirements is needed. Sound scientific information, best available management practices, and more emphasis on habitat protection and restoration are important to the conservation and rebuilding of declining fish populations and the recovery of listed fish species.