Panama City Ecological Services / Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
Conserving the Nature of America


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  Cathy using bioacustics


About Our Office

The Panama City Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service led by Project Leader Catherine Phillips was established in 1973 and employs 29 individuals, including 25 biologists and ecologists. Our office is unique because we have both an Ecological Services (ES) team and a Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) team working side by side.

Our FWCO team lead by Deputy Project Leader/FWCO Project Leader Mark Cantrell works with partners to restore and maintain fish and other aquatic resources covering the entire Northeast Gulf, including portions of Alabama and Georgia ensuring these resources stay rich and diverse.

Our ES team lead by ES Chief Sean Blomquist works to recover imperiled plant and animal species while promoting the voluntary conservation of other vulnerable wildlife throughout the Panhandle serving 16 counties in Northwest Florida covering Tallahassee, Panama City, Ft. Walton Beach and Pensacola.


Mark in the field
  Sean holding Striped Bass
Photos: FWS



Our Mission Statement
"Conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats, in cooperation with partners, for the continuing benefit of the American people."

Our Purpose
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was created by Congress in 1871 to recommend solutions to the decline in fish available for food. More than 130 years later, the USFWS has expanded to become the only federal agency whose primary responsibility is conserving and protecting fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.




Last updated: October 6, 2015