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.
WFRC Provides Science to Recover Sturgeon
Identifying the factors that limit sturgeon recruitment (young reaching maturity) is an important focus of research for WFRC biologists at the Columbia River Research Lab (CRRL) in Cook, WA. [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]
||Blast from the Past
- Jeff Duda is a research ecologist. Currently his research efforts are focused on the Elwha River and involve developing monitoring and evaluation data on the freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems during and following the Nation's largest dam decommissioning. Some of the focal points of this research are distribution and abundance patterns of fish, quality and quantity of restored fish habitat, response of stream-dwelling macroinvertebrates, and the use of stable isotopes to track the role of salmon-derived nutrients. <MORE>
- WFRC originated in 1935 as the Hatchery Disease Consulting Service at the Seattle Biological Laboratory of the US Bureau of Fisheries. It's mission was to develop control methods for the fish diseases that were limiting the success of hatcheries built to mitigate the damage to the economically important salmon runs being caused by the new Columbia River dams. Under the direction of biologist Frederic F. Fish, WFRC's research achieved immediate success and, in 1939, national recognition by Newsweek magazine <MORE>