What We Do
Meeting Conservation Challenges
America’s aquatic ecosystems have historically sustained some of the most abundant and diverse communities of fish, invertebrates, and plants in the world. Many of these species, such as salmon, trout, Pacific lamprey, river herring, American shad, and striped bass are important cultural, economic, and recreational resources. However, aquatic species represent some of the most imperiled organisms both nationally and globally. Habitat loss and fragmentation, , and are some of the primary factors in the decline of native species.
Accomplishing Our Mission
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is “working with others, to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.” To accomplish that mission, the Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program works to:
- Conserve Aquatic Species
- Conserve, Restore, and Enhance Aquatic Habitats
- Manage Aquatic Invasive Species
- Fulfill Tribal Trust and Subsistence Responsibilities
- Enhance Recreational Fishing and Other Public Uses of Aquatic Resources
- Educate and Engage the Public and our Partners to Advance our Conservation Mission
We manage a network of cutting-edge conservation offices across the country.
We focus our work on geographic areas and species with the greatest needs. Through biological inventories, assessments, modeling, and conservation strategies we worked with partners to better understand and alleviate threats to aquatic resources by propagating fish and other aquatic species to enhance wild populations, by strategically improving habitat, and restoring the connectivity of the Nation’s waterways, and preventing new infestations of aquatic.