Southeastern Fishes Council
Dedicated to the Conservation of Southeastern Fishes


The Southeastern Fishes Council (SFC) is a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to the study and conservation of freshwater and coastal fishes of the southeastern United States. The southeastern region includes the greatest global biodiversity of temperate freshwater fishes, and has well over one-half of all species found in North America. The SFC was formed in 1975 by a group of scientists concerned with increasing environmental threats to rivers of the Southeast, and long-term protection of the southeastern fish fauna. The SFC publishes peer-reviewed scientific papers, regional reports, announcements, and other news in a biannual Proceedings that is distributed to dues-paying members. Anyone is encouraged to submit original research articles on the distribution, ecology, systematics, conservation, or other aspects of the biology of southeastern fishes for publication in the Proceedings. The SFC has an annual business meeting held in November of each year on the Thursday and Friday two weeks before Thanksgiving.

Fish Diversity in the southeast:

  • 604 species
  • 64 subspecies
  • 48 species awaiting formal description
  • 12 unresolved species complexes
See the List of Fishes which includes 622 images representing 355 species, 31 subspecies and numerous undescribed species and unresolved species complexes.


Photo courtesy of William Roston



Royal D. Suttkus (1920-2009) 

SFC Desperate Dozen Report 

Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 14 Southeastern species

Downloadable The Fishes of Tennessee from publisher.