Striving for ecosystem sustainability through preservation, conservation, enhancement, and restoration of habitats essential for the long-term viability of the fish, wildlife, and plants in the Caribbean.

About Us

The Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office was established in 1974 as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region. We have jurisdiction on Federal Trust Species (i.e., at-risk species, federally listed species, migratory birds and inter-jurisdictional fish) in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI; St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix).

What We Do

The field office staff emphasizes an ecosystem approach incorporating Strategic Habitat Conservation to address and prioritize habitat issues through partnerships with other federal, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, private landowners, and citizens to achieve the greatest possible benefits to fish and wildlife.

Our Organization

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The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...

Projects and Research

Working with others is at the core of how we operate, and through those partnerships, we develop a number of conservation projects across the Caribbean, from conserving Puerto Rican parrots in our forests to working to improve some of our most important coastal areas. Learn more about some of the key efforts we have underway.

Our Library

Information provided by the Caribbean Field Office to help you understand the rich diversity of life of the Caribbean islands, ways we are working to conserve it, and to facilitate the review of federal projects for their impacts to plants, fish, and wildlife.

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Final critical habitat plot points for marron bacora

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A virtual public hearing was held on February 16, 2023 regarding the July 2022 proposal to remove the boa from the Endangered Species List. Transcripts and video recordings will be uploaded as soon as they are available.

Get Involved

Field office biologists build partnerships with state, government, and other federal agencies, academia, and NGOs to develop management strategies for the protection, conservation and recovery of listed species and successfully implement on-the ground restoration projects in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Location and Contact Information