Healthy fisheries are core to the conservation work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are working with partners to protect and enhance the health of fish and other aquatic animals in aquaculture and in the wild.

What We Do

Our Services

Our national network of fish hatcheries, fish technology centers, fish health centers, and the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership program use applied science and technology to steer our conservation practices.

Fish Technology Centers assist national fish hatcheries by improving conservation techniques and methods. Scientists conduct nutrition studies and develop fish diets.

Practitioners at Fish Health Centers monitor the health of fish and amphibians in captivity and in the wild, and prescribe remedies as needed.

Researchers at the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership conduct intensive pivotal studies to meet the rigors of useful, new pharmaceuticals for fish.

The National Wild Fish Health Survey provides information on the presence or absence of aquatic animal pathogens in wild fish populations to tribes, state and federal fisheries managers, the aquaculture industry, conservation groups, researchers, and the public. 

Latest Stories and Topics

Our Library

Explore our collection of aquatic animal health resources, projects, and services.

A well-stocked fish medicine chest allows fisheries professionals to more effectively rear and manage various fish species. This in turn allows them to meet research and production goals, stock healthy fish, and help maintain a healthy and robust environment.
Just like in human populations, fish diseases can emerge and spread naturally, or they can be unintentionally spread from one population of fish to another. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s fish health centers have launched a new tool to help in the fight to protect wild fisheries.
Welcome to INAD University! The information in this section is intended to help answer common questions that participants may have regarding the National INAD Program. The content is meant to help those individuals new to the program (i.e., freshman level) as well as those who have participated for...
Here you can find resources from across the Fish and Wildlife Service about threatened or endangered species.
Quick Desk Reference Guide to Approved Drugs for Use in Aquaculture

Need an easy-to-use resource to help you know what aquaculture drugs are approved by FDA and what they can be used for? Download the Quick Desk Reference Guide to Approved Drugs for Use in Aquaculture (updated July 2020). As an added bonus, the Guide includes examples on how to calculate the...

These bulletins contain updates about aquaculture drugs currently in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process, AADAP programmatic updates, and aquaculture drug use guidance information. If you would like to sign up to receive the AADAP Update, please email julie_schroeter@fws....

Projects and Research

National Wild Fish Health Survey Mapper

The National Wild Fish Health Survey provides information on the presence or absence of aquatic animal pathogens in wild fish populations to tribes, state and federal fisheries managers, the aquaculture industry, conservation groups, researchers, and the public. This information helps to better manage both hatchery and wild fish populations. ...

National Wild Fish Health Survey Data

To view the data outside of the web application, please see the National Wild Fish Health Survey pre-Laboratory Information System feature layer's (1996-2020) data table and see the National Wild Fish Health Survey Laboratory Information System feature layer's (2021-present) data table.

Survey Assumptions and Limitations on Data Use

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