Headquarters, Seattle Laboratory
Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of fishery and aquatic resources of western public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Seattle laboratory provides Center scientists with a world-class resource unique in the USGS, if not in the U. S. research community. Unique elements include:
- Disease containment laboratory for fish pathology investigations (aquatic biosafety level III). This specialized facility was designed for research on exotic and invasive fish pathogens, which could be dangerous to native fishes if released to the environment. The lab has specialized water and air handling equipment, negative air pressure, airlock entry, and high security access.
- Artificial streams. Six replicate tanks 12 m by 1.2 m continuously flow with Lake Washington water. The streams can be set up with natural substrate, riffle/run/pool structure, hydrology, and even invertebrate colonization. Center scientists use the facility for behavioral studies, for example hatchery vs. wild-reared competition and predator-prey interactions.
- Molecular and microbiology capability. Numerous specific disciplines are represented, including viral, bacteriological, and parasite research, molecular genetics, histopathology, and immunology. The research support capability includes: automated DNA sequencing, DNA and protein synthesis, cloning, and electrophoresis.
The Seattle Laboratory was designed to support FWS fishery research needs, and, after the USGS merger, still serves that bureau as its primary partner. The majority of space at the Seattle Laboratory is devoted to laboratory facilities for the following biological disciplines:
- Molecular biology/Genetics