Who We Are
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program has played a vital role in conserving America's fisheries since 1871, partnering with states, tribes, federal agencies, other Service programs, and private interests in efforts to conserve fish and other aquatic resources. The Fisheries Program provides a broad network of on-the-ground expertise that is unique in its geographic coverage, its array of scientific capabilities, and its ability to work strategically across political and jurisdictional boundaries.
How We Help
The La Crosse Fish Health Center is one of nine fish health centers operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ensuring that fish reared at fish hatcheries in the Midwest Region are healthy. This is accomplished by providing fish health inspection and diagnostic services for six national fish hatcheries and numerous tribal hatcheries throughout the region, providing technical assistance to federal, state, and tribal agencies, providing public outreach, and participating in the National Wild Fish Health Survey.
Tribal Trust Responsibilities
Conserving U.S. fish and other aquatic resources cannot be successful without the partnership of tribes. They manage or influence some of the most important aquatic habitats both on and off reservations. In addition, the federal government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have distinct and unique obligations toward tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions, and statutory mandates.
The La Crosse Fish Health Center provides technical assistance to tribal natural resource agencies in the Midwest Region, including fish health inspection and diagnostic services at tribal fish hatcheries.