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Division of Fisheries

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.


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Fisheries biologist electrofishing a stream.

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fisheries biologist Fisheries biologists collect data to assess the status of fish populations and use it to help develop management actions.
Fisheries Biologist Reports
Why Fishing Opportunities Are Important


Videos of Department Fisheries Biologists Working in the Field

State surveys forage fish on Lake Champlain »  WPTZ news joins fisheries biologists Bernie Pientka for a night of trawling Lake Champlain for smelt and alewives.

Vermont fisheries biologists sampling Rainbow Trout on the Orleans River.

Vermont fisheries biologists conducting a nighttime bass survey on Lake St. Catherine.

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