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New USGS report evaluates survival, movement, and health of juvenile Lost River suckers in a mesocosm in Upper Klamath Lake, OR

New USGS report evaluates performance of portable fish collector at Cougar Dam, Oregon

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On January 29, 2015, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center scientists Dave...

Return of Salmon Nutrients and River Ecosystem Recovery after Dam Removal on the Elwha River


Acoustic Noise and Pacific Lamprey

USGS Scientists Receive CDI Funding to Serve Dam Removal Science Database


USGS Scientist Receives Conservation Award from Desert Fishes Council

USGS Scientist Receives Distinguished Service Award in Fish Health


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.

Juvenile Snake River basin fall Chinook (inset). Hells Canyon on the Snake River. photograph of steelhead salmon photograph Skagit River tidal delta habitat photograph spawning Lost River sucker photograph of fish sampling photograph of zebrafish
Partnership Paves the Way for Understanding Biology of Threatened Snake River Basin Fall Chinook
New gains are being made for threatened Snake River basin fall Chinook salmon thanks to the foresight and collaboration of a few researchers more than twenty five years ago. [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 --
  • Carl Ostberg is a research fishery biologist at the WFRC, Seattle, WA, focusing on fish genetics. His current research focuses on understanding the genomic consequences of hybridization between rainbow and cutthroat trout, development and application of eDNA-based tools for evaluating spatial distributions and life histories of native and introduced species, and conservation of endangered suckers endemic to the Klamath Lake basin. <MORE>
  • How Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis (IHN) Got its Name: Beginning in the 1950s, a series of highly explosive disease outbreaks began decimating hatcheries trying to raise young Pacific salmon and trout in several locations on the west coast of North America. <MORE>

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