Fisheries History

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is the direct descendant of the Nation's first Federal conservation agency, the United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries (usually just called the "Fish Commission"). Initiated in 1871, the agency was devoted to the protection, study, management, and restoration of fish. It was later renamed the Bureau of Fisheries, and still later it became the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries. Read about national fisheries history in the following publications, available as PDFs:

Other publications relating to fisheries history:

Biographies & Profiles

Research & programs

Specific fisheries