Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Imperiled Species

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The Division of Fish and Aquatic Conservation has purview over fish conservation by several legislative authorities, including the Endangered Species Act. Preventing extinctions—and before it should be so severe—staving off the need to list fishes for federal protection, is the highest order of business.


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The Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office has waded chin-deep into razorback sucker conservation. Biologists routinely survey the endangered fish’s habitat—the swift, frothy and swirling water of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon—so they may learn more about the species and inform future conservation measures.


A contemporary genetics study and a thorough threshing of historic records dating to the 1880s held at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives by personnel at the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office informs the future of what may be the rarest cutthroat trout in America, the greenback cutthroat trout. 


Biologists from Florida to Louisiana monitor the gulf sturgeon through gill net surveys. The Baton Rouge Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office is steeped in sturgeon surveys, tagging and monitoring the species in the southern part of the state.

Last updated: September 10, 2015