We unite leading sportfishing, boating and conservation organizations with allied industry associations and businesses and also build, strengthen and connect a grassroots community of conservation groups, fish hatcheries, research stations, and local friends groups.

We are uniting a community of leaders who care about water and the life it supports to address the difficult issues of funding, policy and management of this irreplaceable resource.

The National Fisheries Friends Partnership (NFFP) brings together leading fishing, conservation, water-based recreation, industry and business groups in a unique coalition to conserve and restore the fish, wildlife and plants living in our local waters.

By working in partnership with leading state and federal agencies, businesses and other non-governmental organizations, we promote volunteerism, education and opportunities for the stewardship and conservation of our fisheries and other aquatic resources.

Supporting and expanding the number of Fisheries Friends Groups (FFG) helps to educate the public about our National Fish Hatcheries, Fish Health Centers, and issues that need to be in the forefront of the public eye. Some of these issues include invasive species, water based recreation access, endangered species, habitat restoration and funding policy.

Through positive integration of public involvement with organizational leadership, the NFFP makes informed recommendations on issues through partnerships with the USFWS, FFGs, States, Tribes, businesses, educational institutions, and other conservation organizations.

A stronger, more coordinated citizen-led effort will create a better fisheries management policy, and more consistent funding that will ensure that local waterways support the needs of people, fish, wildlife and plants – now and forever.

To achieve further success, we must engage more of our communities and stakeholders – and convince more lawmakers to make the issues of conservation and restoration a local and national priority.

Did you know?

Recreational angling

generates 8,000 fisheries jobs and $256 million in wages and salaries.

Laws protecting fish, wildlife and plants keep water in rivers, lakes and reservoirs.

For example, Atlanta has not siphoned off all water in the Chattahoochee River because protected mussels live there.

Over 100,000 miles of rivers across the country are degraded

by human altered flows and water levels, creating barriers to the movement of fish and other aquatic species.

Every taxpayer dollar invested in the National Fisheries Program returns $28 to the economy.

AND, 68,000 jobs benefit from aquatic related recreation use and fishing.

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