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Strategic Plan

Looking into the Future: Five-year Strategic Plan for the Program

The vision of our program is to be a national leader in providing sound aquatic biological research and technical assistance to meet the needs of our partners within the Department of the Interior and other natural resource agencies and entities.

Leadership requires looking into the future, so the group of scientists working on the five-year plan was trying to determine a strategic direction for the program by addressing such questions as:

  • What will the aquatic biological world look like in the next 5 years?
  • What critical capabilities will be needed to prepare for the changes to come?
  • How will the U.S. Geological Survey, Fisheries: Aquatic and Endangered Resources Program respond to these needs?

The plan was developed through an extensive collaborative effort to predict and identify the aquatic biological information needs of our partners and customers, and to posture our science to respond to ongoing and future challenges. This plan takes an enterprise perspective, driven by crosscutting, multi-disciplinary goals and objectives. It describes the current and future roles of the FAER Program and projected coordinated research with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) disciplines, Department of the Interior (DOI) partners, and other natural resource managers.

Strategic Plan for Fisheries: Aquatic and Endangered Program of the US Geological Survey, 2005-2009. September 30, 2004. Download the File. (267 KB, PDF)



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