Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the scientific understanding and innovative technology needed to support sound management and conservation of our nation’s natural resources, with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystems, fisheries biology, and fish health. 

The mission of the WFRC is to provide the scientific understanding and innovative technology needed to support sound management and conservation of our nation’s natural resources, with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystems, fisheries biology, and fish health. Our goal is that natural resource managers, policy makers, and the scientific community will recognize the WFRC as a premier source of objective and socially-relevant scientific information. To achieve this goal, the WFRC will maintain a highly skilled and adaptive workforce and infrastructure in order to be responsive to changing and emerging issues in aquatic ecosystems and fisheries biology. A priority for the WFRC is to provide the results of scientific research to resource managers in an effort to support informed decision making.

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Science Plan Goals and Objectives

Our strategic plan establishes a template for our science portfolio for the next five years. After reviewing the overarching U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and USGS science objectives, as well as the research priorities of our partners, we have identified the following three strategic science directions:

  • Drivers of Ecosystem Change
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Restoration Ecology and Species Recovery

These directions are interrelated and often overlapping. Although this plan provides strategic direction for the next five years, clearly most of the research topics addressed within will continue into the future. The plan will be used as a road map to ensure that the WFRC is well positioned to address the next generation of science priorities.

To request a copy of the WFRC Strategic Plan contact Debra Becker.