The decline in native fish populations is a nationwide ecological concern. Habitats supporting native fish and associated aquatic species are continually threatened by numerous causes. In order to address the threats to native freshwater fish species, NFWF coordinates the Bring Back the Natives/More Fish program with the support of federal agencies and private donors.
The Bring Back the Natives/More Fish program invests in conservation activities that restore, protect, and enhance native populations of sensitive or listed fish species across the United States, especially in areas on or adjacent to federal agency lands. The program emphasizes coordination between private landowners and federal agencies, tribes, corporations, and states to improve the ecosystem functions and health of watersheds. The end result is conservation of aquatic ecosystems, increase of in-stream flows, and partnerships that benefit native fish species throughout the U.S. This funding opportunity also provides grants to implement the goals of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (www.fishhabitat.org).
In 2014, the Bring Back the Natives/More Fish program will provide funding to projects that identify measureable conservation outcomes for native fish species of special concern. Because the leading factors in native fish species decline are habitat alteration, lack of adequate in-stream flows, and invasive and/or non-native species, projects that address these threats are of particular interest. Projects benefitting one or more of the following native fish species are priorities for funding through the Bring Back the Natives/More Fish program (click on the links to view NFWF’s business plans for these native fish species and their habitats):
Since 1991, over 400 projects have been supported through Bring Back the Natives/More Fish. A total of $20 million in NFWF funds has leveraged an additional $51 million in matching contributions for this program. Support for this program has been provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Orvis, Bass Pro Shops, and the Brunswick Foundation.