America’s Bountiful Waters

Fish and Aquatic Conservation (FAC) in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is the direct descendant of the U.S. Fish Commission, founded in 1871. In 2021, FAC marks its 150th anniversary, the oldest conservation agency in history. To commemorate this milestone, USFWS will publish a compelling history to celebrate the broad-thinking scientists, writers, and artists who led us through the gilded age of American ichthyology into the present day: America’s Bountiful Waters 150 Years Of Fisheries Conservation And The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. You will read stories about fish—trout, bass, salmon, pike, muskie—and a few you have never heard of, all crafted by the USFWS biologists who know them best. America’s Bountiful Waters is biography, evocative memoir, natural history, and human history supported by fresh dramatic photography and compelling historic images from the National Fish and Aquatic Conservation Archives.

Craig Springer is a fish biologist and writer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and former editor of the agency’s Eddies magazine. His writings on conservation, nature, and history have appeared in the New York Times, ESPN Outdoors, Farmers’ Almanac, TROUT, Sporting Classics Daily, and Wild West and he has co-authored two history books, Around Hillsboro and Spearfish National Fish Hatchery. He lives in northern New Mexico.

Praise for America’s Bountiful Waters

“This inspiring book celebrates the passion of countless sportsmen and women who have achieved monumental conservation successes on behalf of all Americans and serves as a powerful reminder that each of us has a responsibility to ensure the wise management of our natural resources.” – Johnny Morris, noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder

“No other book so thoroughly and insightfully connects the history and culture of fishing with the species themselves. It’s brilliantly edited and perfectly packaged for anglers of every level and all who care about our natural resources.” – Kirk Deeter, Vice President, Trout Unlimited and Editor-in-Chief, Trout Magazine

“A mixture of both human and natural history, this book is a must read for anyone interested in fish and other aquatic creatures that live in America’s waters and the people who manage them.” – Scott A. Bonar, Past President, American Fisheries Society

“For 150 years, the men and women of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fish and Aquatic Conservation program have come together to protect our rivers and lakes and the species that inhabit them. This book is a beautifully crafted history lesson told through a compilation of stories by those who have worked endlessly to safeguard the waters we call home.” – Jen Ripple, Editor-in-Chief, DUN Magazine


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America’s Bountiful Waters

978-0-8117-3955-9 • Hardback • June 2021 • $49.95 • Pages: 320 • Size: 8 ½ x 11 • 700 Images