Northeast Fishery Center staff represent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) interests on management boards, and species stock assessment and technical committees, that support the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission management of alewife and blueback herring, American eel, horseshoe crab, striped bass, and American and hickory shad. The commission is a cooperative management body comprised of members from each of the Atlantic coastal states, as well as the Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The commission coordinates the sustainable management of our Atlantic coastal fisheries. Northeast Fishery Center provides expertise on life history, genetics, ecology, population dynamics, monitoring, and data requirements for assessments.

For example, the Northeast Fishery Center is a major partner in studying the importance of horseshoe crab populations to the recovery of migratory shorebirds, and to the Delaware River ecosystem. Staff play key roles on the management board that oversees the sustainable harvest of horseshoe crab. 

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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.


A cisco fish with coloring dusky gray to bluish on the back, silvery on the sides, and white on the underside being held laying on its side across two hands.
The Northeast Fishery Center (Center), located in Lamar, PA includes the Lamar Fish Health Center and the Lamar National Fish Hatchery and Fish Technology Center. We help guide and conduct the science and technology needed to restore and conserve species and their habitats. Our research helps...