The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.

What We Do

Our Projects and Initiatives

  • Conserve Aquatic Species
  • Conserve, Restore, and Enhance Aquatic Habitats
  • Manage Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Fulfill Tribal Trust and Subsistence Responsibilities
  • Enhance Recreational Uses of Aquatic Resources
  • Educate and Engage the Public and our Partners to Advance Conservation

Latest Stories and Topics

Our Library

Browse our library of data, conservation projects, and educational resources. 

Historic rail carts used for transporting fish
Our conservation roots run deep. In 1871, people recognized that America’s fisheries were in trouble and called on congress to act. The United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries was formed on February 9, 1871. Their charge was clear - to determine if America’s fisheries were declining, and if...
LCFWCO - Fish Sampling
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices specialize in providing fish population information. This data is critical for managing fisheries and assessing management strategies. Data is collected by tagging and recapturing fish, monitoring angler harvest, and even tracking the DNA they behind leave in...
An open-bottom culvert-- a structure under a road-- allows fish passage at Cottonwood Creek in Wasilla, Alaska.
Habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation are some of the primary factors in the decline of native species. Various sources of pollution are also worsening water quality and habitat. We work with tribes, states, and other partners to identify population and management objectives, address the...
A boy holds a fish in his hands and smiles at the camera. A person next to him holds a fishing rod an bobber.
Did you know that you can be a super-star conservationist just by going fishing? Whether you prefer fly-fishing on a wild and scenic river, noodling for catfish, or dropping a line in an urban waterway, here are some basics to get you started fishing responsibly!
A person stands in front of a lake and holds a large goldfish up to the camera.
Goldfish can seem like the ideal low maintenance pet. But if you are no longer able to care for your them, it can be difficult to know what to do with your fishy friend.