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Government Agencies

Bureau of Land Management
An agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, administers 261 million surface acres of America's public lands, located primarily in 12 Western States.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA conducts research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere, space, and sun, and applies this knowledge to science and service.

US Fish & Wildlife Service
The Mission of the US Fish & Wildlife Service: working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
A site for recreational users and others who want to help stop aquatic nuisance species. Species-specific information is included along with news and recommendations.

US Geological Survey
Federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment.

Invasive Species and Fisheries Conservation Resources

Invasivespecies.gov is the gateway to Federal efforts concerning invasive species. On this site you can learn about the impacts of invasive species and the Federal government's response, as well as read select species profiles and find links to agencies and organizations dealing with invasive species issues. Invasivespecies.gov is also the Web site for the National Invasive Species Council, which coordinates Federal responses to the problem.

SeaGrant National Aquatic Nuisance Species Clearinghouse
This site is an international library of research, public policy, and outreach education publications pertaining to invasive marine and fresh-water aquatic nuisance species in North America. Visit www.aquaticinvaders.org to access the extensive resources.

Habitattitude (TM)
This is a site for aquarium hobbyists, backyard pond owners, water gardeners and others who are concerned about aquatic resource conservation. Americans enjoy a diversity of hobbies, many of which involve our natural environment. And protecting these resources is an important part of our overall enjoyment.

Whirling Disease Data Online

National Wild Fish Health Survey
Six hundred thousand dollars was used to initiate a National Wild Fish Health Survey under the leadership of US Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Fish Health Centers, and in cooperation with stakeholders such as tribes, states, and the aquaculture industry. The Purpose of the National Wild Fish Health Survey is to determine the distribution of certain pathogens in fish in the wild.

Myxobolus cerebralis / Myxozoan Resources

The Myxozoan Network
Resources for researchers and fish health professionals working on Myxobolus cerebralis and other myxozoan parasites, for the purposes of sharing knowledge and encouraging collaboration, thereby advancing our understanding of myxozoan biology and ecology on a worldwide basis.

Professional Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) was founded in 1902 as a quasi-governmental organization of public agencies charged with the protection and management of North America's fish and wildlife resources.

American Fisheries Society
The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

Federation of Fly Fishers
The mission of the Federation of Fly Fishers is to lead activities that enhance and support the fly fishing experience for all anglers who fish with the artificial fly.

Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. TU accomplishes this mission on local, state and national levels with an extensive and dedicated volunteer network. TU’s national office, based just outside of Washington, D.C., and its regional offices employ professionals who testify before Congress, publish a quarterly magazine, intervene in federal legal proceedings, and work with the organization’s 125,000 volunteers in 500 chapters nationwide to keep them active and involved in conservation issues. In November 2007, the Whirling Disease Foundation and Trout Unlimited merged efforts to combat the Myxobolus cerebralis parasite that causes whirling disease as well as the broader issues of invasive species.

The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. The Invasive Species Information Node (ISIN) is an information portal for invasive plants, animals, and pathogens in the U.S. and a thematic node of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII). It coordinates invasive species information, including whirling disease, from other NBII nodes, several U.S. Geological Survey Science Centers, and other government and non-government partners.


The Trout and Salmonid Collection at Montana State University Library in Bozeman
Sixty years of research on fish and fisheries has given MSU a strong tradition on which to build the nation's preeminent trout and salmonid collection. Not only does the collection support this world-class research, but it is a focal point of local and regional pride for those who care about the salmonid species' well being and about the waters that flow through this region. Housed in the MSU Libraries' Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections, this collection is open to the public for use on the premises in a controlled archival environment.