The Fisheries Division is responsible for conserving and managing all fish and fish habitats throughout Vermont.
Vermont's fisheries biologists are engaged in a wide variety of activities to ensure Vermont's valuable fisheries resources are sustained and enhanced through time. These activities include:
Inventorying and monitoring the abundance, distribution, diversity, and health of Vermont's fish and their habitat. | »more
The data collected is used to assess the impacts of fishing pressure, predation, disease, parasites and habitat changes on fish populations, and help formulate management actions.
Implementing management actions to keep fish populations healthy, balanced, and productive, and to improve and enhance aquatic communities and fishing in Vermont. | »more
Fishing regulations, fish stocking, nuisance species control, and habitat improvement are examples of management actions.
Gathering information on recreational desires, preferences, and satisfaction level of anglers. | »more
We strive to satisfy anglers' desires as we manage the resource, within the bounds of sound science.
Participating in environmental impact review of hydroelectric dams and other projects that could negatively impact fish habitat and fish populations. | »more
Land and water use practices have degraded fish habitat. Although many of the early problems involving dams, deforestation and industrial pollution are being addressed, other threats such as the spread of nuisance species and new diseases continue to create new management challenges.
Fisheries biologist electrofishing a stream.
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Getting out on Vermont's lakes and streams helps foster a greater appreciation for our fisheries resources and the waters supporting them. Whether it is tying into a big trout on a fly rod or soaking a worm off a quiet dock with a child, the memories created while fishing will last a lifetime.
Vermont's fish populations are renewable resources. By encouraging the conscientious use of our fisheries resources and protecting and improving fish habitat, we ensure that Vermonters will have the opportunity to enjoy fishing in Vermont now and into the future.
Videos of Department Fisheries Biologists Working in the Field