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USGS Scientists at Western Fish Disease Workshop

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New Publications

New USGS Report on Natural Salmon Recolonization following Dam Removal

New Publication Examines Lake Food Webs Under Hydrologic Disturbance

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On May 17, 2018, a news release from Washington Department of Fish and Wild...

Research by USGS Western Fisheries Research Center scientists Gael Kurath a...

Research

USGS hosts scientist from Tunisa

USGS Presents at Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program Review

Honors

USGS Scientists to Receive 2017 Best Paper in Journal of Aquatic Animal Health

USGS Scientists to Receive DOI Unit Award for Excellence of Service

Welcome

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.

Bringing the UAS in for landing photograph of steelhead salmon photograph Skagit River tidal delta habitat photograph spawning Lost River sucker photograph of fish sampling photograph of zebrafish
WFRC Science Takes to the Skies with Unmanned Aerial Systems
Fisheries research comes with many challenges and innovative solutions. For example, how do you safely count salmon redds over 60 miles in one of the largest rivers in the western U.S.? In the fall of 2017, scientists at the WFRC began using a small unmanned aerial system (UAS, aka "drone") to assist project cooperators with the annual monitoring of the Snake River fall Chinook salmon population. [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 --
  • Summer Burdick is a fishery biologist at the Klamath Falls Field Station, Klamath Falls, OR. Summer’s primary research interests are understanding the ecology of federally endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers, adaptation of quantitative sampling methods for habitat use studies of rare fishes, and analysis of large underutilized remotely collected PIT tag data sets. <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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