Division Overview

The DAR manages the state’s aquatic resources and ecosystems through programs in ecosystem management, place-based management, and fisheries management. Major program areas include projects to:

  • protect and restore the aquatic environment;
  • protect threatened and endangered aquatic species and their habitat;
  • conserve and restore endemic and indigenous aquatic species and their habitat;
  • combat the introduction of invasive species and reduce their impact on ecosystems;
  • effectively manage fisheries; and
  • carry out education and outreach to the public.