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Bonded By Waters: 2012 Report Highlights A Common Purpose For Pacific Region Fisheries
Region 1, March 26, 2013
Coastal cutthroat trout are a species the Service is working to conserve and protect.
Coastal cutthroat trout are a species the Service is working to conserve and protect. - Photo Credit: n/a
Kokanee spawning in Washington’s Ebright Creek.
Kokanee spawning in Washington’s Ebright Creek. - Photo Credit: n/a

Michael Carrier, assistant regional director for fishery resources in the Pacific Region, describes 2012 as a year "united by a common purpose". While many of the issues important to our Nation are in gridlock, the cooperation, problem-solving and success of the Service and our many partners in conservation remain strong.

This issue of Highlights celebrates our partners and profiles the amazing work that a representative group of them has achieved in the past year. From state agencies to sovereign tribes to local governments and non-governmental organizations, the partners profiled here are united by a single principle - restoring habitat and aquatic species requires cooperation, pooling of resources and selflessness.

United by a common purpose - that of doing all we can to conserve fish and wildlife and their habitats - the Fish and Wildlife Service and its many partners continue to deliver conservation for the benefit of Pacific salmon, Bull trout, Pacific lamprey and countless other species.

In 2012, the Fishery Resources Program helped remove or bypass 23 fish passage barriers, re-open 252 river and stream miles, and restore 12 miles of in-stream habitat for native fish across four states. We use agency programs like the National Fish Passage Program and National Fish Habitat Partnership to leverage funding and staff expertise in coalition with our partners.

Contact Info: Amanda Fortin, (503) 872-2852, amanda_fortin@fws.gov