The Fisheries and Aquatics Program provides coverage for all aquatic dependent native and sport fisheries, aquatic dependent wildlife and invertebrate species including at-risk, T&E, native, non-native, subsistence and aquatic invasive species. The Fisheries and Aquatics Program cooperates with other BLM programs and partners to inventory, protect, restore, and enhance BLM’s aquatic resources. BLM lands comprise among the most diverse and unique aquatic habitats in the world, ranging from isolated desert springs that harbor populations of rare and unique fishes to large river systems, such as the Columbia, Colorado and Yukon that support fisheries of exceptional regional and national value. BLM managed lands also provide countless public recreational fishing opportunities throughout the United States and Alaska.
The BLM manages the nation’s most ecologically diverse aquatic habitats, ranging from isolated desert springs to Alaska’s North Slope tributaries. The habitats total 132,000 miles of fish-bearing streams and rivers, 3 million acres of lakes and reservoirs, 150,000 miles of riparian areas, and 13 million acres of wetlands. Aquatic resources on BLM-managed public lands support the nation’s aquatic biodiversity, support public recreation, and help sustain Native American cultural heritages.
The BLM partners with national and local organizations to promote and education the public about healthy fish habitat. Read more about our Partnerships.
Each day our BLM fisheries and aquatics staff conduct research, work with partners, and ensure habitat health. Check out our rotating program highlights for great stories from the field.