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Our Program

To protect, restore, and enhance fish and other aquatic resources to self-sustaining levels and to support federal mitigation programs in cooperation with states, tribes, and other partners for the continuing benefit of the American public.

We are a network of 26 offices and National Fish Hatcheries with over 250 staff located in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. We work with partners to protect the health of aquatic habitats, recover and restore fish and other aquatic resources, and provide people with opportunities to enjoy the many benefits of healthy aquatic resources in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Islands.The foundation of our work is based on our Strategic Plan.

We own, operate, or administer 15 national fish hatcheries, a Fish Health Program, three Fishery Resources Offices, the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office, the Abernathy Fish technology Center, and the Lower Snake River Compensation Program office. The LSRCP administers hatchery propagation funds operation of 26 state and tribal hatchery, research, and fish health facilities using revenue generated by the Bonneville Power Administration's sale of hydroelectric power.

A Brief History of Our Origin...

Today's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program originated from the United State's Commission on Fish and Fisheries, which was created in 1871. In 1903, the Commission was reorganized as the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, which in 1939 merged with the Department of the Interior's Division of Biological Survey to become the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Nationwide, the Service's Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program includes 70 National Fish Hatcheries, nine Fish Health Centers, 7 Fish Technology Centers, and a historic National Fish Hatchery (D.C. Booth in South Dakota).





FAC At a Glance

Fish Propagation
We own or operate 15 Pacific Nortnwest National Fish Hatcheries and supporting research facilities that annually raise and release or transfer over 60 million salmon and steelhead.
Protecting Priority Aquatic Species
We work with partners to conserve, protect, and restore, and monitor more than 90 fish and aquatic species.
Restoring Habitat
In 2014 we helped remove or bypass 32 fish passage barriers and re-open 120 miles to migrating fish.
Our Partners
We work with over 440 partners, including 36 tribal governments, 73 educational institutions, and 44 private companies
Our Volunteers
In 2014 contributed over 20,000 hours of service estimated at more than $500,000 in labor.
Last Updated: April 12, 2017
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