Native fish species, such as lake sturgeon, lake trout, and various native preyfish , inhabit the lower Great Lakes basin. The office, in cooperation with state and provincial agencies, works toward the protection and management of these native fish species. Native species activities include conducting fish community surveys; assessing fish population size, age distribution, growth and survival; monitoring environmental factors important to healthy fish communities; and identifying critical habitats for protection and restoration.

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Juvenile Northern Pike in aquarium at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, South Dakota
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.