In 2006, inspired by our natural heritage and challenged by continuing habitat loss, an unprecedented and visionary coalition made up of anglers, conservation groups, scientists, tribal governments, industry leaders, and state, territorial, and federal agencies, decided they needed to focus attention and action on America’s waters and make a big impact.
They saw the need to foster voluntary, non-regulatory, science-based action to protect, restore, and enhance America’s aquatic systems. They had the vision to build on the strengths local, state, federal, and tribal agencies, and the conservation, fishing, and business communities each could contribute to conservation. Nineteen self-organized Fish Habitat Partnerships focusing on both fresh and salt water now cover all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These partnerships deliver on-the-ground conservation projects and are united by a shared responsibility and determination to pass along healthy fish habitats and intact aquatic systems to future generations of Americans. Through the phenomenal commitments made by these regional partnerships together with conservation partners, the on-the-ground projects have proven their worth with an 18:1 return on overall investment.