Fish and Aquatic Conservation


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Makes Fishing Better

(Healthy Fisheries = Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program)


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Recreation Access

America has great public lands and waters that provide opportunities to recreate outdoors and enjoy nature.
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Fish Passage

Healthy fish need more than just water; they need connected habitat. We are working to connect aquatic habitats!
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Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species can take over local habitats, disrupt existing food chains and cause billions in economic and environmental damages. We are working to prevent these damages.
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Conservation through Participation

The Service provides hands on experiences to engage communities in becoming part of the solution to conserve America’s fisheries.
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Fish Health

Scientists monitor the health of fish and amphibians in captivity and in the wild and prescribe remedies as needed. This work helps add value to your fishing experiences!
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Fish Medicine

The Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership program is a national leader in the research and development of fish medications used in aquaculture and fisheries management across the country improving the health and abundance of America’s fisheries.
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Fish Production

National hatcheries contribute to better fishing by raising and stocking fish for recreation and maintaining threatened species.
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Habitat

Species and habitat conservation covers a wide range of activities conducted by specialists in habitat restoration, invasive species management, and improving habitat quality.
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Jobs & Economics

Americas 34 million anglers spend $36 billion annually in pursuit of their favored pastime. Fishing is also the foundation of an industry that supports more than 800,000 jobs!
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