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Federal Fish Resources
Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force
The Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to preventing and controlling aquatic nuisance species. Search here for research and publications about Aquatic Nuisance Species.
Biological Resources from the National Park Services
The Biological Resources Division provides scientific expertise and technological assistance to support the sound management, protection, conservation and preservation of biological resources and related ecosystem processes in our national parks. Staff work with individual parks, the park System as a whole, and National Park Service leadership. Efforts focus on Ecosystem Restoration, Human Dimensions of Biological Resources, Integrated Pest Management, Invasive Species, Landscape Ecology and Conservation, Threatened and Endangered Species, Wildlife Health, Wildlife Conservation, and Exotic Plant Management.
Imperiled Freshwater Organisms of North America
This website provides access to maps and lists of imperiled freshwater organisms of North America as determined by the American Fisheries Society (AFS) Endangered Species Committee (ESC). At this website, one can view lists of animals by freshwater ecoregion, by state or province boundary, and plot distributions of these same creatures by ecoregions or political boundaries.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Working through 3,000 soil and water conservation districts and other partners, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has assisted in the development of conservation practices that have enhanced America’s fish and wildlife habitat resources.
NRCS pursues a science-base approach in the development and implementation of conservation practices benefitting fish and wildlife. As such, NRCS has developed and distributed scientifically-based technical materials related to fish and wildlife habitat management. Some of these materials can be found in various sections of the website.
NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. They promote productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems. NOAA Fisheries works in partnership with Regional Fishery Management Councils to assess and predict the status of fish stocks, set catch limits, ensure compliance with fisheries regulations, and reduce bycatch.
Office of Protected Resources
The Office of Protected Resources (OPR) is a headquarters program office of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service, or NMFS), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, with responsibility for protecting marine mammals and endangered/threatened marine life. NOAA's Office of Protected Resources works to conserve, protect, and recover species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) in conjunction with Regional Offices, Science Centers, and various partners.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Fish and Aquatic Conservation
This page contains information on the National Fish Hatchery System, Species & Habitat Conservation, Invasive Species, and Recreation & Education.
The Fisheries Program applies scientific data to focus conservation activities on high-priority species and habitats. They are committed to protecting and maintaining stable populations and healthy habitats and restoring degraded habitats and depleted populations.
Warm Springs Fish Health Center
The lab has the capability to provide state-of-the-art fish disease diagnostic and fish health certification services to a variety of national fish hatcheries, state fish hatcheries and private fish farms. Triploid grass carp certification inspections are also provided to private fish farmers in the 10 southeastern states. The fish health section includes virology, bacteriology, and parasitology labs and water chemistry and fish sample preparation labs. The staff includes four biologists at Warm Springs and a triploid certification inspector located at Stuttgart, Arkansas. The geographic area covered is the 10 states of the Southeast region.
Warm Springs Fish Technology Center
The Warm Springs Fish Technology Center was established to improve and enhance fisheries management. They provide consolidated technical operational support to Regional fisheries operations, fish culture technical development, and the Service’s technical assistance to the emerging private aquaculture industry. The Center is comprised of a Cryopreservation Laboratory, Conservation Genetics Laboratory, and the National Fish Strain Registry at Warm Springs, Georgia.
The Center is the Southeast Region Fisheries Program's sole applied research facility and one of only seven such facilities nationwide. They conduct cooperative studies that develop, promote, and support methodologies and technologies resulting in healthy fish populations such as Gulf, Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon, Gulf coast striped bass, robust redhorse, and alligator gar.
Biological Water Quality Criteria
The presence, condition and numbers of types of fish, insects, algae, plants, and other organisms provide important information about the health of aquatic ecosystems. Studying these factors as a way of evaluating the health of a body of water is called biological assessment.
This resource provides information about the biological water quality for States and Tribes, factsheets on biological water quality, and case studies.