The United States Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries application has been around for 133 years. Their goal is to maintain the populations of all species of fish while also providing ample opportunities for the fishermen of the United States. The Fisheries program consists of two different applications, the Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Program and the National Fish Hatchery System. The Fisheries program looks at species of it that are at risk of extinction and works to rebuild their inhabitants, as well as to offer education to the general public about those particular species of it.
There are many responsibilities assigned directly to the Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance program of the Fish and Wildlife Service. The management assistance part of the title refers to their planning and management services, in terms of animal populations. While not directly involved, they take part in the preparation end of restoring endangered fish populations. They monitor the amounts of it at the hatcheries and how long they have been there, and they monitor, regulate and prevent the invasion of predator species. When repopulating does happen, the program monitors the repopulation to see how effective it is. Public education regarding conservation is their final responsibility.
They use hatcheries to breed fish that don’t have any genetic defects and then set them in the wild to repopulate in areas that are depleted. The hatchery employees do research to identify and attempt to prevent disease that might be affecting it and aquatic wildlife. In addition to all this, they also offer refuge habitats to it that have become an endangered species, as an effort to allow them time to breed with the goal of repopulating.
The Fish and Wildlife Service Fish Hatchery program ensures the survival of sport fish by tracking and keeping their populations. They do this by forcing compliance with limits imposes by both the state and national governments. The purpose in doing this is to make certain that game fish like the largemouth bass and the smallmouth bass do not get to a state that could border on endangerment. Fishing is not just a excellent source of both food and fun, but it’s also a major area of the economy in areas where there are large bodies of water or large rivers. Any upset in the populace of a local game fish, may have very negative repercussions on the local market.