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New Publication describes Rapid Return of Marine-Derived Nutrients following Dam Removal

Pre-publication Notice: Salmon and Steelhead in the White Salmon River after the Removal of Condit Dam

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USGS Scientist Featured in Fish Farming News


Acoustic Noise and Pacific Lamprey

USGS Scientists Receive CDI Funding to Serve Dam Removal Science Database


USGS Scientist Receives Distinguished Service Award in Fish Health

USGS Scientist Recognized with National NOAA Award


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.

Many culverts are barriers to fish passage (left). Joe Acosta, U.S. Forest Service engineer, assesses a recently replaced culvert (right). photograph of steelhead salmon photograph Skagit River tidal delta habitat photograph spawning Lost River sucker photograph of fish sampling photograph of zebrafish
Using Challenges and Prizes to Find Innovative Solutions: The USGS, WFRC is now playing a role in shaping prize challenges, initiated by funding gained by the Bureau of Reclamation to design prize competitions for a number of outstanding questions that impact fisheries resources. WFRC research scientist Patrick Connolly has been working on a Fish Recovery Prize Competition Challenge to generate solutions for improved fish tracking systems. [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 --
  • Dave Hewitt is a research fishery biologist at the Klamath Falls Field Station, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Dave helps guide a research and monitoring program for two endangered catostomids Lost River and shortnose suckers in the Upper Klamath Basin of Oregon and California. Dave and his colleagues are using quantitative tools such as capture-recapture to investigate the ecology of the two sucker species and factors inhibiting their recovery. <MORE>
  • In 2004, WFRC initiated a historic long-term collaborative research project with federal, state, and tribal partners on the ecological effects of removing the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams on the Elwha River, Washington. <MORE>

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