2015 USFWS Budget Proposals

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The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 discretionary budget request includes $1.5 billion in programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an increase of $48.8 million over the 2014 enacted level to fund the agency’s high priority needs.

The budget also includes approximately $1.3 billion available under permanent appropriations, most of which will be provided directly to states to support fish and wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation.

Fisheries proposals include:

– $48.6 million for operations of the National Fish Hatchery System, an increase of $2.1 million above the 2014 enacted level

– an increase of $4.4 million to allow the Service to focus on limiting the spread of invasive Asian carp in major watersheds that are highly likely to have habitat suitable for self-sustaining populations, such as the Great Lakes, and the Missouri, Ohio, and upper Mississippi Rivers

– $252.2 million to conserve, protect, and enhance listed and at-risk fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitat

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service