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USGS Study Examines Diel Activity Patterns of Juvenile Salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

USGS Study Evaluates Fish Collection Devices on the Cowlitz River

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USGS Scientists Quoted in Science News feature on Elwha River


USGS Assists High School Science

USGS Scientist Retirement Marks the Closure of the Western Fisheries Research Center's Newport Field Station


USGS Scientist Recognized with National NOAA Award

USGS Scientist Receives US EPA Awards


Research at 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.

Mekong Near Luange Prabang photograph of steelhead salmon photograph Skagit River tidal delta habitat photograph spawning Lost River sucker photograph of fish sampling photograph of zebrafish
Science without Borders: WFRC Scientist Travels to Southeast Asia
Assignment: "assess the existing state of knowledge related to Mekong River fish migration behavior and craft a long term research agenda to better inform future sustainable hydropower development, fish passage threshold development, and sustainable fish harvest." [Read more]
Steelhead Life History Study in White Creek on the Yakama Nation Reservation
White Creek is a tributary of the Klickitat River that is entirely within the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation. Fishery biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey have teamed with fishery biologists from the Yakama Nation to conduct a life history study of the juvenile steelhead using small electronic tags. [Read more]
Puget Sound Fall Chinook Estuarine Utilization
The widespread loss of estuarine and nearshore habitats throughout Puget Sound comes at a price. Puget Sound Chinook salmon are just one of many species whose populations have declined to precariously low levels (ESA threatened status) due to a variety of perturbations, including estuarine and coastal development. [Read more]
Spawning Lost River suckers
Lost River suckers are long-lived catostomids endemic to the Upper Klamath River Basin in Oregon and California. They were listed as endangered under the U.S. endangered Species Act in 1988 because of range contractions, declines in abundance, and a lack of evidence of recent recruitment to adult populations. [Read more]
Rock Creek Fish Population and Life History Assessment (Washington)
The stock of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) present in Rock Creek has been listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The research conducted by the USGS, in coordination with the Yakama Nation, is designed to determine stream habitat conditions, fish abundance, and fish life history characteristics such as movement, growth, and distribution. [Read more]
Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Zebrafish are a small (3 to 4 cm), tropical, freshwater, cyprinids that are very popular ornamental/aquaria fish species. This fish species has become a powerful model organism for the study of vertebrate biology, developmental and genetic research, and more recently infectious disease studies. [Read more]
-- Featured Scientist --   -- Blast from the Past --
  • John Hansen is a research immunologist within the Fish Health unit at the WFRC, Seattle, WA. John’s research group focuses on immune responses of fish to microbial pathogens, the development of tools (e.g. monoclonal antibodies) for examining the salmonid immune system and the impact of environmental contaminants (e.g. endocrine disrupting chemicals) on immunity in fish. They are particularly interested in how early life exposure to contaminants found in aquatic ecosystems impact host-pathogen interactions in adult fish and subsequent generations. The majority of this research utilizes model species such as zebrafish and rainbow trout to assess the influence of anthropogenic factors on disease resistance and overall fish health. Information gained from these studies can then be applied to address the health of wild populations of fish (e.g. salmonids, largemouth bass) in the US. <MORE>
  • In 1988, Congress responded to WFRC's excellence in providing technical information to meet the requirements of ever-evolving conservation legislation by allocating funds to construct a sorely needed new laboratory and administrative headquarters facility adjacent to the World War II warehouse at the Sand Point Naval Air Station that had housed the Center since 1958. <MORE>

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