The Association Commends the Distribution of Over $34.5 Million in Funding for Fish Habitat Conservation Projects in 34 States

June 16, 2021

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is pleased to see the National Fish Habitat Partnership program assist in providing more than $34.5 million to support 85 fish habitat conservation projects in 34 states. These projects represent nearly an 8-to-1 match for federal funding with partnership project funding from other sources.  Collaborative partnerships between the state fish and wildlife agencies, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners are key to implementing these conservation priority projects.

“This partnership leverages funding to protect, restore and enhance the nation's fish and aquatic communities,” said Sara Parker Pauley, Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation and President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “The Association is pleased to be one of many partners coordinating to conserve and address the nation’s biggest fish habitat challenges.”

“These projects, which bring a variety of partners to the table, are the definition of true collaboration to protect, restore, and enhance fish habitat.  These projects are extremely beneficial in moving conservation forward for the long-term in the U.S.,” said Ed Schriever, Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Chairman of the National Fish Habitat Board. “The leveraging of federal resources is extremely important for our projects in meeting the obligations of the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, (S. 3051), which was signed in late 2020, which codified the National Fish Habitat Partnership.”

View the full list of projects here.

About the National Fish Habitat Partnership:
Since 2006, the National Fish Habitat Partnership has supported over 1,115 projects benefiting fish habitat in all 50 states. The National Fish Habitat Partnership works to conserve fish habitat nationwide, leveraging federal, state, tribal, and private funding resources to achieve the greatest effect on fish populations through priority conservation projects of 20 regionally based Fish Habitat Partnerships. In 2020, the National Fish Habitat Partnership was recognized by Congress as part of the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act. For more information, visit

AFWA and the National Fish Habitat Partnership Program:
The National Fish Habitat Action Plan is an unprecedented attempt to address an unseen crisis for fish nationwide: loss and degradation of their watery homes.  The plan was born in 2001 when an ad hoc group supported by the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council explored the notion of developing a partnership effort for fish on the scale of what was done for waterfowl in the 1980s through the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The waterfowl plan has worked wonders during the past two decades to boost waterfowl populations by forming strong local and regional partnerships to protect key habitats.  AFWA supports staffing for the National Fish Habitat Partnership and plays a key role in the Executive Leadership Team of the Board.  The National Fish Habitat Board is also comprised of members from states and regional AFWA Associations.