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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.

Histology slides A-B CISH procedure, and slides C-F fast green staining photograph of steelhead salmon photograph Skagit River tidal delta habitat photograph spawning Lost River sucker photograph of fish sampling photograph of zebrafish
Histopathology at WFRC: New Applications for an Old Discipline
Histopathology, the microscopic examination of tissues to investigate the manifestations of a disease, is a scientific discipline that originated in the 1800s. Today, however, histopathology has evolved to incorporate new technologies to address research questions that cannot be answered by other approaches. [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]
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  • Eric Janney is a fishery biologist and the Station Leader for the Klamath Falls Field Station (KFFS), Klamath Falls, OR where he has worked for 13 years. The KFFS conducts research within the Klamath River Basin employing sophisticated modeling methods and state of the art sampling techniques to help understand endangered fish populations in the Basin. Eric’s research program currently emphasizes work on two endangered lake suckers (Lost River and shortnose suckers) in the Upper Klamath Lake and Clear Lake Reservoir (California), as well as a number of projects with salmonids in upper and lower parts of the Basin. <MORE>
  • In 1985, WFRC established a field station in Reno, Nevada to conduct recovery plan research required by the Endangered Species Act to protect and restore threatened and endangered fishes in Pyramid Lake, the Moapa National Wildlife Refuge, and other desert aquatic ecosystems of the Great Basin and Mojave Desert areas of the western United States. <MORE>

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