Conservation

The Refuge System is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Service is the primary Federal entity responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. The following Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and legal information about the Service's responsibilities are explained below.

  • Draft Fishing Plan Available for Review

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to open to sport fishing approximately 875 acres of open bay waters within the South San Diego Bay Unit of the San Diego Bay NWR. Fishing would be permitted by boat or an appropriate floating device. A draft Fishing Plan, an Environmental Assessment, and a Compatibility Determination have been prepared to address this use and are provided here for review and will be available to the public and interested agencies consistent with the publication of the draft 2020-2021 Refuge Specific Regulations for Hunting and Fishing on Regulations.gov.

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  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997: The NWRS Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. The NWRS Improvement  Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained. Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge was established and the System mission. The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.

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