The Virginia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) protects, restores and helps manage migratory fish and their habitats in the coastal rivers of Virginia. In particular, restoring Atlantic sturgeon, American shad, alewife and Blueback herring, Eastern brook trout and American eel are priorities, however, all migratory and resident aquatic species benefit from the work conducted by our office.
We work closely with the Commonwealth of Virginia, local governments, universities, local watershed groups like the Chesapeake Bay Program and the James River Association, as well as other federal agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers to improve habitat. We also work closely with landowners and the public. Indeed, private landowners provide the long lasting stewardship necessary to maintaining healthy rivers.
In addition, the Virginia FWCO works with other agencies to prevent the introcudtion and spread of harmful aquatic invasive species in Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay.
Our mission is to improve the health of Virginia’s rivers for fish and for people, and foster quality fishing and outdoor experiences.