the Western Fisheries Research Center focuses on the environmental factors
responsible for the creation, maintenance, and regulation of fish populations
including their interactions in aquatic communities and ecosystems. Within
these pages you will find research information on Pacific salmon; western
trout, charr, and resident riverine fishes; desert and inland fishes; aquatic
ecosystems and their resources, and many other topics.
WFRC Supports Pacific Lamprey Conservation
Both lampreys and salmon have declined dramatically over the last decades while facing many similar threats. Now northwest tribes are leading the charge to conserve and restore this ecologically and culturally important fish. The USGS supports their effort by providing critical science, much as they have done for salmon over the last 100 years. [Read more]
Coast Salish Tribal Journey Water Quality Project
The Coast Salish Nation in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey has developed a new strategy for examining ecosystem dynamics of the Salish Sea, through water-quality mapping and focused studies. [Read more]
Why the need for Specific Pathogen-Free (SPF) Marine Fishes?
In the past, fish health research has been limited primarily to understanding diseases in aquaculture and enhancement facilities, where abnormal conditions could be relatively easily observed, treated, and prevented. Disease impacts to populations of wild, marine fishes are difficult to observe because sick fish are often consumed by predators...[Read more]
Seventy-Five Years of Science: The story of the of the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Fisheries Research Center, 1935-2010.
The U.S. Geological Survey's Western Fisheries Research Center originated more than 70 years ago, at the absolute depth of the Great Depression, with a man and his dream. [Read more]
Understanding the Spawning Ecology and Habitat Use of Lost River and Shortnose Suckers
The combination of three primary sources of data has provided a synthetic picture of the ecology and habitat use of these imperiled, long-lived catostomids. [Read more]
Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD)
is the causative agent of bacterial kidney disease (BKD), a serious disease problem of wild and cultured salmonid fishes worldwide. Control of the bacteria by use of antibiotics is difficult due to its slow growth, and conventional vaccine strategies are ineffective or may actually worsen the disease state. [Read more]
from the Past
- Paul Hesherberger is the Station Leader and a Research Biologist at the Marrowstone Marine Field Station, where he leads a team of federal scientists, students, and post docs investigating the effects of infectious and parasitic diseases on wild, marine and anadromous fishes. He is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, and he is the current President of the Fish Health Section - American Fisheries Society. Much of his current research involves understanding, forecasting, and mitigating disease processes in populations of wild fishes. <MORE>
- In 1978, WFRC established a Columbia River Research Laboratory (CRRL) at Cook, Washington to provide new and improved technical information needed by resource managers for the conservation and restoration of fish populations being adversely affected by the operation of hydropower dams on the Columbia River. <MORE>