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Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S.)

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[Flag of Fish and Wildlife Service] image by Masao Okazaki, 28 July 2021
based on photo located by Dave Fowler, 30 April 2021



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History

The Fish and Wildlife Service was formed in the Department of the Interior in 1939 by merging the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Biological Survey and the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Fisheries. In 1970, Executive Order 11564 established the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the Department of Commerce. The commercial saltwater fisheries functions of the F&WS were transferred to NOAA as the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Joe McMillan, 16 December 1999

It seems several agency flags changed during the Trump years but people seemed to be to busy to notice. I found this article from 13 Feb, 2019 that seems to show this new flag in the background, but you can only see the yellow and blue so I can't be 100% sure, but that means it was maybe updated 2018/2019? I also wonder if this was an official change to the "outdoor" 1949 FWS flag which is the white/blue fishes or to the indoor agency flag which was last adopted c.1991:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Names SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Regional Chiefs Feb. 13 , 2019:
https://web.cobleskill.edu/media/2019/02/13/u-s-fish-wildlife-service-names-suny-cobleskill-alumni-regional-chiefs/

Semi-related i found these to links from the FWS curator's office about the agency's first logo:
- Curator's Corner: Our First Modern Logo, December 22, 2017 https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2017/12/22/Curators-Corner-Our-First-Modern-Logo
- Curator's Corner: An Artistic File Clerk, December 22, 2017 https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2017/12/22/Curators-Corner-An-Artistic-File-Clerk
Ben Cahoon, 26 April 2021

This (yellow/blue) one is showing up in multiple places like color guards, offices, leadership headshots, so I suspect it's probably at least quasi-official.
Dave Fowler, 26 April 2021


Description

[Flag of Fish and Wildlife Service] image by Dave Fowler, 25 April 2021

The USFWS has adopted a new flag that takes its shoulder patch and extends the imagery in it into the rest of the flag. I found a partial section of what this looks like.
Presentation on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Fish_and_Wildlife_Service
Dave Fowler, 25 April 2021

Earlier flag

[Flag of Fish and Wildlife Service] image by Masao Okazaki, 28 July 2021

At the Army Institute of Heraldry a couple of weeks ago, I discovered the manufacturing drawing for the current distinguishing flag of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (drawing number 5-1-710, dated 13 December 1991).
[Note: This is not necessarily the date this design was adopted.] It is white with a complicated badge in which the goose has metamorphosed into a duck and both it and the fish have been reduced almost to invisibility. The badge is surrounded by something that isn't even a motto but more of a mission statement.
Joe McMillan, 27 December 2001


1949 Flag

[Flag of Fish and Wildlife Service] image by Joe McMillan, 29 October 2000

The Fish and Wildlife Service flew a flag divided from upper hoist to lower fly, white over blue, with the silhouettes of a Canada goose in flight in blue in the upper fly and a jumping fish in white in the lower hoist. This flag was flown at the head of the forwardmost mast of F&WS ships.
Joe McMillan, 29 October 2000


Boat Pennant

[Flag of Fish and Wildlife Service] image by Joe McMillan, 29 October 2000

Fish and Wildlife Service boats used a swallowtailed pennant form of this flag at a staff in the bow.
Joe McMillan, 29 October 2000


Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service

[Flag of Fish and Wildlife Service] image by Joe McMillan, 29 October 2000

The Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service's flag, as of 1949, was the same as the Service flag, but all blue with both silhouettes in white.
Joe McMillan, 29 October 2000