What We Do

We are working to restore lake sturgeon, lake trout and other native fish and their habitats in the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, and the Allegheny River watersheds. We are also working to prevent the spread of invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

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in these watersheds and the Erie Canal.

Our Services

Our Projects and Research

Our office consists of five primary programs: Native Species, Aquatic Invasive Species, and  Aquatic Habitat Restoration which are supported by our Science and Technology and Outreach and Education programs. We work closely with state and local governments including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, universities, and watershed groups like Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper. We also work with other agencies from the United States, Canada and tribal nations like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Geological Service. Working with these partners we monitor and study native Great Lakes fish, monitor and respond to new invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

Learn more about invasive species
, and improve or restore habitat for fish and wildlife.  In addition to our base agency charge, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative also provides funding and technical support to carry out these programs in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.