Fish Management

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Fisheries biologists are committed to conserving and restoring aquatic habitat, managing for healthy wild fish populations, and providing fishing opportunities.

Check out the links below to learn more about managing Vermon't fisheries resource.

Fish Importation Permit

Importing fish is regulated to protect the health of Vermont's fish populations and prevent the introduction of fish and fish diseases that could harm the state’s fisheries.

The importation and possession of fish species in Vermont is controlled through a permitting process.  A Fish Importation Permit is required before importing or possessing certain fish in Vermont.

Review the following lists to determine if a permit is required.

Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species

The introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) impacts the health of Vermont's waterbodies and aquatic communities by changing the surrounding ecosystem, and out-competing native species for food and habitat.

Nearly 50 non-native aquatic species are already established in Vermont waters, they include:

What Is Good Trout Habitat

Habitat is key. It is the most important factor affecting wild trout distribution and abundance.


Water temperature is single most important factor limiting wild trout. Trout need cold water to survive. Cooler water temperature allows water to hold more oxygen.

Fish Health Program

Vermont's Fish Health program helps protect wild fish populations and fish reared at fish culture stations by preventing and managing serious fish diseases.

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The program is responsible for:

Stop the Spread of AIS

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When boating, fishing or recreating on Vermont waterways, you can help protect the health of aquatic ecosystems by taking these simple precautions.


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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.