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Research at the WFRC 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. 

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News

Date published: July 6, 2020

This Month at WFRC

This page contains WFRC "Highlights" reported July, 2020

Date published: May 28, 2019

Western Fisheries Science News, May 2019 | Issue 7.5

Interactive Data Visualization Tool Allows Us to Explore Fish Use of Eelgrass Habitat in Puget Sound

Date published: February 14, 2019

Western Fisheries Science News, February 2019 | Issue 7.2

Identifying Habitat Characteristics for Successful White Sturgeon Recruitment in the Columbia River Basin

Publications

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A standard operating procedure for the preparation of purposely killed juvenile salmon used to test survival model assumptions

This document describes a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the preparation of purposely killed juvenile salmon, implanted with telemetry transmitters, to be released into rivers, lakes, or streams to test one of the survival model assumptions. Procedures for releases of purposely killed fish (hereinafter dead fish releases) were developed by...

Tomka, Ryan G.; Liedtke, Theresa L.; Frost, Conrad; Smith, Collin D.
Tomka, R.G., Liedtke, T.L., Frost, C., and Smith, C.D., 2020, A standard operating procedure for the preparation of purposely killed juvenile salmon used to test survival model assumptions: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1083, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201083.

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Development of a two-stage life cycle model for Oncorhynchus kisutch (coho salmon) in the upper Cowlitz River Basin, Washington

Recovery of salmon populations in the upper Cowlitz River Basin depends on trap-and-haul efforts owing to impassable dams. Therefore, successful recovery depends on the collection of out-migrating juvenile salmon at Cowlitz Falls Dam (CFD) for transport below downstream dams, as well as the collection of adults for transport upstream from the dams...

Plumb, John M.; Perry, Russell W.
Plumb, J.M., and Perry, R.W., 2020, Development of a two-stage life cycle model for Oncorhynchus kisutch (coho salmon) in the upper Cowlitz River Basin, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1068, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201068.

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Effects of harmful algal blooms and associated water-quality on endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers

Anthropogenic eutrophication contributes to harmful blooms of cyanobacteria in freshwater ecosystems worldwide. In Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, massive blooms of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae and smaller blooms of other cyanobacteria are associated with cyanotoxins, hypoxia, high pH, high concentrations of ammonia, and potentially hypercapnia...

Burdick, Summer M.; Hewitt, David A.; Martin, Barbara A.; Schenk, Liam N.; Rounds, Stewart