Fish and Aquatic Conservation
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A beautiful October day along the Manistee River Michigan. Photo credit: Eric MacMillan/ USFWS


The National Fish Habitat Partnership

The National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) program is a comprehensive effort to treat the causes of fish habitat decline by maximizing the impact of limited funding for fish habitat conservation. Under NFHP, Federal, State, Tribal, and privately raised funds are leveraged through regional Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHPs) to address the nation’s biggest fish habitat challenges. FHPs are the working units of the NFHP, implementing strategically identified fish habitat conservation actions on the ground.

The mission of the NFHP program is “to protect, restore and enhance the nation's fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is a key partner in implementing the NFHP, along with States, Tribes, other Federal agencies, conservation organizations, and industry. The Service receives annual appropriations from Congress to work with partners to achieve common fish habitat conservation goals. Under the NFHP, the Service provides technical expertise and coordination support on the local, regional, and national levels. The Service provides funding and works directly with FHPs to identify, develop, and implement fish habitat conservation projects.


Highlights

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Partners Announce More than $34.5 Million for Fish Habitat Conservation in 2021

June 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners are funding 85 fish habitat conservation projects in 34 states through the National Fish Habitat Partnership program. The Service is providing $4.3 million, and leveraging an additional $30.2 million through nongovernmental organizations, state resource agencies, and other partners. The projects empower locally led efforts to restore stream banks, remove barriers to fish passage, reduce erosion from farm and ranchlands, and conduct monitoring and assessments to identify conservation needs for fish and their habitats.

Explore the full list of 2021 National Fish Habitat Partnership funded projects.


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What is Fish Habitat?

Fish habitat refers to rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries, and other places where fish live. Healthy habitats mean healthier fish populations for the benefit of the American people.

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The National Fish Habitat Action Plan

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is an important tool to help the Service and its partners achieve strategic conservation goals for fish habitat.

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Partners

The National Fish Habitat Partnership program involves numerous federal and non-federal partners working together to achieve common fish habitat conservation goals.

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Projects

The Service has funded and worked with partners to implement hundreds of projects across the U.S.

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National Fish Habitat Partnership Contacts

Contact information for Service employees involved in the National Fish Habitat Partnership.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A few of the most commonly asked questions and answers.

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