Fish and Aquatic Conservation
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Since 1871 we have been working to conserve, restore and enhance
fish and other aquatic resources for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Explore 150 years of aquatic conservation


Recent News

Arctic lamprey up close image
Arctic Lamprey 📷 University of Alaska Fairbanks/Trent Sutton

A Note on Lampreys

Primeval Instruments of the Imagination

February 4, 2021 | U.S. Fish and Wildlife - Alaska

The lamprey. Your standard Sea Lamprey and Pacific Lamprey are roughly flute-sized. Arctic Lamprey? Piccolo. But that jawless maw is not a embouchure hole, so you won’t want to put your mouth on it. And those aren’t finger holes, they lead to gills.

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thumbnail image of the cover of the FAC Strategic Plan

map of 12 Interior regions

photo of people fishing off of a pier


A frosty morning overlooking a pond at a the hatchery. Steam rising from the grass and the sun peeking through the trees.
A chilly morning at Neosho National Fish Hatchery, Missouri. Photo credit: USFWS

Enjoy a Winter Visit to a National Fish Hatchery

January 18, 2021 | By Denise Wagner, Headquarters - Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors. Visit a National Fish Hatchery and enjoy the winter activities they have to offer. From peaceful and scenic to fun and strenuous, there is a little something for everyone, all while social distancing.

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Close up view of a Burbot fish
Up close with a Burbot. Photo credit: USFWS

Burbot: The Singsong Gadoid

January 12, 2021 | U.S. Fish and Wildlife - Alaska

Burbot (Lota lota) are the only freshwater gadoid (cod) in North America (check out that chin whisker!). And with a circumpolar range, they’re one of the most widely distributed freshwater fishes in the world.

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