The Lower Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) coordinates the work of many different state and federal natural resource management and environmental quality agencies that deal with aquatic resource issues along the Lower Mississippi River and throughout the Southeastern United States.

About Us

The Lower Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (LMRFWCO) is in the Southeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Primary station responsibilities include 1) coordination of the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee (LMRCC), 2) control and containment of invasive carps throughout the Lower Mississippi River and Arkansas, Red, White Rivers Sub-basins, and 3) conservation and rehabilitation of threatened and endangered native species and their habitats. The LMRFWCO currently has a staff of four, which includes a project leader, a cartographer, and two biologists.

Our Organization

The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.
Aquatic invasive species cause tremendous harm to our environment, our economy, and our health. They can drive out and eat native plants and wildlife, spread diseases, and damage infrastructure. We work to protect our waterways and the communities that depend on them from the threat of invasive...
The Fish Passage Program works with local communities on a voluntary basis to restore rivers and conserve our nation’s aquatic resources by removing or bypassing barriers. Our projects benefit both fish and people.
Geospatial science, data, and technologies are vital components needed to meet the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. To paraphrase one of our regional geospatial coordinators, “No major conservation actions happens without geospatial technology, science, and data.” Geographic...
Invasive species are non-native plants, animals and other living organisms that thrive in areas where they don’t naturally live and cause (or are likely to cause) economic or environmental harm, or harm to human, animal or plant health. Invasive species degrade, change or displace native habitats,...

Our Species

At this time we are working on: 

  • Silver carp
  • Bighead carp
  • Yazoo Darter
  • Yoknapatawpha Darter
  • Frecklebelly Madtom
  • Gulf Coast Walleye

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