Dedicated to promoting stewardship and responsible use of aquatic resources, fisheries and habitats.

News and announcements

  • December 02, 2020 5:13 AM | Anonymous

    Steve is retiring from Florida Fish and Wildlife at the end of December. Join us in wishing Steve a happy, healthy, life-rich retirement!

  • November 15, 2020 6:49 AM | Anonymous

    Co-Owner of Puerto Rican Online Aquarium Business Pleads Guilty to Two Lacey Act Felonies and Export Smuggling for Illicit Trafficking of Protected Reef Creatures

    11/09/2020 12:00 AM EST

    A resident of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty today to export smuggling and two felony violations of the Lacey Act for collecting, purchasing, falsely labeling, and shipping protected marine invertebrate species as part of an effort to subvert Puerto Rican law designed to protect corals and other reef species, the Department of Justice announced.
  • October 26, 2020 8:22 AM | Anonymous

    To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement.

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    For more information about FWS careers and available internship opportunities, please visit our FWS Recruitment Opportunities page. You can also explore and learn more about the careers we have at FWS and others within the Department of the Interior by clicking here.

  • October 09, 2020 6:55 AM | Anonymous

    Use this link to download the new AREA Board for 2020-2022.

  • October 01, 2020 6:53 AM | Anonymous

    Join us on October 8, 2020, for the annual meeting Virtually.  Our keynote speaker, Matt Miller, is entertaining and informative.  We will present the new Board, and have fun after the business part is taken care of. Register online for the Zoom link.

  • September 23, 2020 4:27 PM | Anonymous

    In 2019 the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) used RBFF R3 Grant funding to create and implement a multi-tiered campaign to reach several target audiences. This initiative included a focused campaign that targeted Hispanic anglers in Southern Nevada.

    Fishing and boating were promoted in a bilingual digital campaign that ran statewide in both English and Spanish. Social media was utilized along with, television commercials, SMS messaging, email communications and podcasts.

    Successes of this integrated campaign include the following:

    • 26.1% increase in fishing license sales
    • 14.1% increase in boat registrations
    • 6% increase in web traffic

    For full results and additional details, read the case study in its entirety- 

    For additional state success stories, visit the RBFF R3 webpage-
  • September 23, 2020 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    In 1972, Richard Nixon signed the first ever Presidential proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing:

    "I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations."

    "National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day brings together sportsmen and women to celebrate the rich tradition of hunting, target shooting and fishing with national, state, regional and local organizations hosting related events. Launched in 1971 by Congress, NHF Day has consistently recognized hunters and anglers for their leadership in wildlife and conservation. NHF Day is observed and celebrated the fourth Saturday in September every year."

  • September 23, 2020 4:22 PM | Anonymous


  • September 14, 2020 8:07 AM | Anonymous

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    Students interested in wildlife conservation and stewardship are encouraged to apply for our paid internships through our partnership organizations. Opportunities with FWS and other conservation agencies throughout the country can be found on the following partner's websites:

    *You will need to use the agency filter to see our internships offered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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About us

Our organization leads the discussions for aquatic leaders. AREA is organized for educational purposes. AREA members include representatives of State, Federal, industry, fisheries and educational professionals involved in aquatic resource education programs. The nationwide non-profit Association is created to foster, promote and encourage aquatic education.

Find us

Look at the Regional listing for your AREA Regional Representative.

For payment assistance, contact Treasurer Sarah Chabaane, Phone: 803-737-8483, Email:

For member assistance, contact Member Support,  Carol Paterick, Phone: 301-805-0784,

Become a member

Show your commitment to increase ARE effectiveness  -
  • Provide expertise regarding aquatic education issues, strategies and methodologies 
  • Provide an organized forum for discussion, deliberation, and resolution 
  • Support aquatic resource management programs 
  • Develop strategic plans for the future; provide organization and direction to AREA members 
  • Serve as a liaison between agencies, industry and state aquatic resource education coordinators
  • Promote education and wise-use management and conservation of aquatic resources and those recreational sports related to them

We invite you to browse our Web site and to support our goals by joining AREA.

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