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About Us - What We Do

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The mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife is working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

  • Protecting species and their habitats for future generations.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shares the Federal responsibility with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service for administering the Endangered Species Act. While we manage the land and freshwater species, the National Marine Fisheries Service is responsible for marine and anadromous species. We use the best available science and sound management to further the Service's mission to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We do this by:

    •    Identifying species on the verge of extinction.

    •    Helping build the road to recovery to bring them back.

    •    Ensuring that fish and wildlife resources are considered by agencies during project planning and structure construction.

    •    Protecting and restoring coastal resources.

    •    Partnering with private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats.

    •    Investigating the effects and clean-up of contaminants and restoring polluted habitats.

    Our Work in the Pacific Islands

    The Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office is part of the Ecological Services program and is responsible for the conservation of nearly 600 threatened and endangered. Our area of responsibility is the U.S. Pacific Islands, a geographic area larger than the continental United States with a diverse set of ecosystems ranging from coral reefs to streams, rainforests, and alpine deserts.

    Key Efforts

    With the most listed species (threatened and endangered) in the country, we place emphasis on preventing extinction and recovering listed species.  

    Conservation & Restoration Efforts

    Protecting Aquatic Ecosystems

    Renewable Energy

    Identifying and Cleaning Up Environmental Contaminants

    Conservation Planning Assistance  (Tools for Landowners and Partners)

    More About Species

    What does it mean to “list” a species?

    What is the impact of invasive species in the Pacific Islands?

    Explore our Focus Species.

    Threatened and Endangered Species in the Pacific Islands.

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