The Mid-Atlantic Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office works to protect the fishery and water resources of the Susquehanna River and Delaware River basins, and represents the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and the Delaware River Basin Commission.
The office focuses on the American shad, American eel, alewife, blueback herring, Atlantic and Shortnose sturgeon and horseshoe crab. All migratory and resident aquatic species, however, benefit from the habitat and water resource management work conducted by the office.
The office provides oversight for a multistate, federal and private effort to protect and restore American shad and other migratory fish to the Delaware and Susquehanna rivers. Work includes improving river connectivity in the Susquehanna River basin to provide access to historic spawning areas for migratory fish. The office works closely with dam-owners on relicensing mainstem Susquehanna River hyrdroelectric projects to minimize damage to the environment and to migratory fishes.
The office also works with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to assess the status and health of migratory fish species, and makes recommendations for their protection, restoration and harvest.