The WFRC Ecology Section examines how environmental variability, human activities and infrastructure influence food web interactions and species performance in freshwater and marine ecosystems. They have extensive experience in quantifying aquatic food web processes as they relate to growth, survival and production of key species of interest, especially resident and anadromous salmonids.
Examining Food Web Dynamics in Washington Lakes
Crayfish Collected in Diablo Lake
Juvenile Native Char Captured During Sampling on Diablo Lake
Flushing Stomach Contents from Rainbow Trout
Scientists from Western Fisheries Research Center have been examining the food web dynamics in Ross and Diablo lakes, Washington. Both lakes are reservoirs in the North Cascade mountains of northern Washington state that were created by dams on the Skagit River and part of the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. They are also located inside North Cascades National Park.
The field work featured in these images is part of a food web analysis that will be used to help guide hydroelectric operations into the future. Specifically, our scientists are evaluating the potential impacts of the prolific but invasive redside shiner on the productivity of native trout. In addition, they are helping determine whether the lakes will support passage of anadromous salmon and steelhead: evaluating prey availability, predation and competition in the food web.
The images provided illustrate many aspects of this field work, including: