Fish and Aquatic Conservation


Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Information iconWe work to conserve America's aquatic resources for present and future generations. (Photo: Larry Jernigan/USFWS)


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We work with our partners and engage the public, using a science-based approach, to conserve, restore
and enhance fish and other aquatic resources for the continuing benefit of the American people.





Recent News

Passage cleared on Middle Oconee River as dam is removed

July 2018, Athens Banner-Herald

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Southeast region Aquatic Habitat Team hard at work removing a dangerous dam in Georgia for passage of fish and the safety of the community. Photo by Sara Gottlieb

Workers with an elite federal team are removing most of a century-old dam across the Middle Oconee River in Georgia.

The University of Georgia-owned White Dam is just above the confluence of the Middle and North Oconee Rivers. It is managed by UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

The work is being carried out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Aquatic Habitat Restoration Team, which specializes in removing small dams and replacing culverts to improve life for creatures in rivers.

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Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing!

Let’s Go Fishing! is part of the National Park Service’s popular Jr. Ranger program. A great opportunity to teach young people about fishing and conservation through participation.

Get reeled into fishing and explore national fish hatcheries, national parks and national wildlife refuges to have safe & enjoyable fishing experiences.

  • Learn about many aspects of fishing, aquatic habitats and conservation and fishing safety.
  • Protect native fish and the habitats on which they depend.

Are you ready to earn your Junior Ranger Angler badge?
Follow these easy steps:

  • Download the booklet or contact your favorite hatchery, refuge or park to see if booklets and badges are available.
  • Complete as many activities in the book as you can.
  • Then return the completed booklet for a Junior Ranger Angler badge.

The Fisheries Blog

FAC is partnering with The Fisheries Blog to share some great stories on fish, we hope you enjoy them. These blogs do not reflect any official government view or policy. 

Artifacts of epochs past: Rio Grande cutthroat trout benefit from private lands conservation

Posted by Steve Midway, July 9, 2018.

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Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout. Craig Springer/USFWS photo

One might say that the past is dead and gone—but that notion doesn’t fly on the Vermejo Park Ranch, near Raton, New Mexico.

Managers of this private land seek to restore long reaches of mountain streams for the benefit of native Rio Grande cutthroat trout—not to mention the guided anglers who seek to catch the rare fish.

Crucial to the endeavor is a private-public partnership fostered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). Ranch employee Lief Ahlm has been involved with native fish conservation for decades, and his interest in this present project comes only natural.

To read the full story, please visit The Fisheries Blog