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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.

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People Are In Some Ways More Fish-Like Than We Think
There is much we do not understand about the coelacanth and its place in the evolution of land-dwelling animals such as humans. Scientists at the WFRC are helping to unlock some of these mysteries by using advanced techniques in molecular biology. [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]
Fish Disease
Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) is considered by many nations and international organizations to be one of the most important viral pathogens of finfish. For several decades following its initial characterization in the 1950s, VHSV was thought to be limited to Europe where it was regarded as an endemic pathogen of freshwater fish... [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]
Lost River Suckers
Lost River suckers (Deltistes luxatus) are long-lived catostomids endemic to the Upper Klamath River Basin in Oregon and California. Lost River suckers 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]
-- Featured Scientist --   -- Blast from the Past --
  • Paul Hesherberger is the Station Leader and a Research Biologist at the Marrowstone Marine Field Station, where he leads a team of federal scientists, students, and post docs investigating the effects of infectious and parasitic diseases on wild, marine and anadromous fishes. He is an Affiliate Associate Professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, and he is the current President of the Fish Health Section - American Fisheries Society. Much of his current research involves understanding, forecasting, and mitigating disease processes in populations of wild fishes. <MORE>
  • In 1970, WFRC established a marine field station on Marrowstone Island in upper Puget Sound. This facility greatly improved the ability of WFRC biologists to identify specific hatchery rearing practices that were causing delayed mortality after sea water entry of anadromous salmonids released from federal mitigation hatcheries. <MORE>

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