The mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife is working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
The Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, the Ecological Services office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is responsible for the conservation of more than 500 threatened, endangered, and candidate species -- more than any other fish and wildlife office in the nation. The U.S. Pacific Islands span a geographic area larger than the continental United States with a diverse set of ecosystems ranging from coral reefs to streams, rainforests, and alpine deserts. These species, and the ecosystems that they form, are unique and irreplaceable treasures. While these treasures belong to all people of the United States of America, they have special significance to native Hawaiian and Pacific Island cultures. Pacific Island cultures are inseparable from the native species and ecosystems that have sustained and shaped every aspect of their culture. Healthy ecosystems and sustainable populations of native plants and animals are vitally important to the people, cultures, and economies of the Pacific.
Within the USFWS, Ecological Services administers the Endangered Species Act. Our office has programs ranging from the listing and recovery of listed species, renewable energy, aquatic ecosystems, invasive species, conservation planning assistance, conservation grants, natural resource damage assessments and environmental contaminants.
By working with our partners, our mission is to conserve and restore native biodiversity and ecological integrity of Pacific Island ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations through leadership, science-based management, and collaborative partnerships.
Our values are service, leadership, lasting results, integrity, respect, biological diversity, and scientific excellence.
Our geographic scope across the Pacific includes Hawaii, American Samoa, the Marianas, and the Remote Pacific islands. We have staff on Kauai, Oahu, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii islands as well as on Guam, Saipan, and Rota - all of whom are dedicated to ensuring our unique plants and animals, many found nowhere else in the world, continue to exist and thrive for future generations.
To learn more about how we accomplish this, please read our strategic plan.