The Pacific Region Fisheries Program (Program) is highly engaged in implementing the Secretary's Youth and the Great Outdoors (YGO) Initiative, which employs, educates, and engages young people from all backgrounds in exploring, connecting with and preserving America's natural and cultural heritage. Our goal is to ensure that America's citizenry, particularly its youth, remains connected to and engaged with nature, and to promote natural resource conservation throughout all fishery programs within the Pacific Region.
All 26 of our Program's facilities lead or support Youth in the Great Outdoors activities: in fiscal year 2010, an estimated 258,835 children and adults visited our Hatcheries, Fish Health Centers, Fish Technology Center, and Fishery Resources Offices, or participated in the more than 1,400 Fisheries activities or events we were involved with.
Our Outreach and Education programs create and present high quality education and information for the public, to share the cultural significance of fish to the peoples of the west. People of all ages are excited and eager to learn about nature. Learning is not limited to children, classrooms and books. Teachers are finding that our fish biologists, fish culturists, and managers are unlocking the gates and opening their doors to learning about our aquatic resources. Our "Information and Education" programs are assisting educators in meeting their required state environmental education mandates.