In the 2012 President's Budget Request, the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is terminated. As a result, all resources, databases, tools, and applications within this web site will be removed on January 15, 2012. For more information, please refer to the NBII Program Termination page.
Fishbase is a searchable global database of fish species information.
FishBase on the web contains practically all fish species known to science. Search over 28,000 fish species by common name, scientific name, ecosystem, or country. Or, use the search feature to find tools, maps, or references.
Beautiful Shiner (Cyprinella formosa) [Photo: Bill Radke, USFWS]
Fishes are aquatic vertebrates that have fins, gills and scales. Gills are the part of a fish's respiratory system that provide surface area for exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide under water. Fish are thought of as "cold-blooded", or ectotherms, meaning they cannot control their own body temperature; instead, they depend on the temperature of their environment. They can live in fresh or salt water, and have a range of potential diets, being herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.
Partnerships are a key element of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan, a collaborative effort to address a nationwide crisis for fish by addressing the loss and degradation of their habitat. Public and private partnerships developed as part of the NFHAP reflect the locally-driven nature of the Plan. NFHAP partnerships are "self-identified, self-organized, and self-directed communities of interest formed around geographic areas, keystone species, or system types". Visit the NFHAP Fish Habitat Partnerships page to find partnerships in your region through a map, descriptions, and links.
As a federal-level partner, the USGS-NBII houses the data delivery system supporting the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. Find out more about NBII's role in the NFHAP and the data associated with the Plan.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Surf Your Watershed
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Surf Your Watershed" program integrates environmental information available by geographic units including state, watershed, county, metro area, and tribe.
The site provides access to three main databases:
1. Adopt Your Watershed, a database of watershed groups,
2. Wetlands Restoration Projects, which displays ongoing wetlands restoration,
3. Environmental Websites Database, a directory of websites dedicated to environmental issues and information.
For more information about fishes nationwide, visit the NBII Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (NBII-FAR) web site. There you can find further web resources on fishes and aquatic organisms and the diverse factors affecting aquatic resources nationally.