U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Fisheries & Aquatic Conservation

Our vision is a connected network of lands and waters in Alaska that support diverse, self-sustaining populations of wild, native fish that exhibit their natural variability in abundance, genetics, and life history. 

We have staff based at three Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices (Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Kenai), a Satellite Office in Juneau, the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, and the Conservation Genetics Laboratory and Alaska Regional Office in Anchorage. Seasonally, staff disperse to locations around Alaska to better understand and safeguard Alaska's fish and their habitats. 

Here's what we do to achieve our vision:

Fisheries Management & Assessment

Our Fisheries staff provide technical assistance to partners and the National Wildlife Refuge system and work with others to assess and monitor long-term trends of fish populations, manage fisheries, prevent and respond to aquatic invasive species, and create a conservation stewardship legacy.  

The Art and Science of Salmon Management

Anatomy of a Weir

So, you want to be a fish biologist?

Fish Fasts 20 Months for Chance at Love

Ancient Waters Give Fish Life

fish assessment on Alaska's north slope
A fisheries biologist from our Fairbanks Field Office readies a net to capture and radio tag Dolly Varden in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. USFWS/Katrina Liebich


Fish Habitat Conservation & Restoration

Our Habitat staff deliver three programs to conserve and restore habitat connectivity for Pacific salmon: the Fish Passage Program, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and Coastal Program.  

USFWS Fish Passage Design Guidelines 

Rocky Road (culvert woes, not the ice cream)

Fish-Friendly Roads? Yes, that's a thing

The quiet love affair between fish and trees

pink salmon migrating
Salmon migrating in Southeast Alaska. Photo by Amy Modig.

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Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species are a relatively new addition to Alaska’s waters and riparian areas and prevention and eradication are still viable options. We work with the State of Alaska and other partners to prevent, detect early, and respond rapidly to new introductions. 

Everyone Loses: Invasive Species in Alaska

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Alaska's first aquatic plant, Elodea, was introduced through the aquarium trade and is spread by boats and float planes. USFWS/Katrina Liebich

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We use outreach to inspire broad-based appreciation and support for Alaska’s fish and their habitats and help ensure that lands and waters in Alaska continue to support diverse, self-sustaining populations of wild, native fish that exhibit their natural variability in abundance, genetics, and life history. Follow us on Facebook and Medium to learn more about Alaska's fish, their habitats, and how we're working to conserve Alaska's fish for the American Public. 

Hooked: A Summer of Firsts

urban kids fishing program
One example of the outreach we do is connecting urban Anchorage youth to safe fishing opportunities. USFWS/Katrina Liebich

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Alaska Fisheries Study Reports

The Alaska Region Fisheries Program reports its study findings through the Alaska Fisheries Data Series (AFDS) or in recognized peer-reviewed journals. The AFDS was established to provide timely dissemination of data to fishery managers and other technically-oriented professionals, for inclusion in agency databases, and to archive detailed study designs and results for the benefit of future investigations. Publication in the AFDS does not preclude further reporting of study results through recognized peer-reviewed journals. The Alaska Fisheries Technical Reports and Progress Report Series have been discontinued (click on the hyperlinks to access past reports). Specific data and additional information are available upon request.

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