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Welcome to the USGS Fisheries Program

The Fisheries Program focuses on the study of aquatic organisms and aquatic habitats. Aquatic invertebrates, mussels, fishes, and their unique aquatic communities are investigated to provide scientific information to natural resource managers and decision makers. USGS works closely with its partners in Department of Interior Bureau's and other resource management agencies to provide scientific information to meet management needs. For instance, USGS provides fisheries research information for Fish and Wildlife Service to restore and enhance fish habitat and understand fish diseases.

Endangered species and those that are imperiled receive special research interest. Research on species diversity, life history, health and diseases, aquatic community ecology, and habitat requirements of fish and other aquatic organisms supports the management, conservation, and restoration of our Nation's aquatic resources.

National Contact
Andrea Ostroff,, 703-648-4070

Ecosystems Mission Area Science and Research Centers (Fisheries Research)

Nearly all 17 Ecosystems Mission Area Science & Research Centers conduct fisheries research. The following is not a comprehensive list.

Research Topics



Recent Highlights

FisheriesTransdiciplinary Research to Address Water-Related Environmental Problems - The USGS Fact Sheet 2014-3073, The Aquatic Systems Branch at the Fort Collins Science Center is a group of scientists dedicated to advancing interdisciplinary science and providing science support to solve water-related environmental issues. Natural resource managers have an increasing need for scientific information and stakeholders face enormous challenges of increasing and competing demands for water. Read the Fact Sheet >>

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