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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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Date published: August 13, 2021

Friday's Findings - August 20th 2021

Assessing Migration and Survival of Pacific Salmon in Impounded Rivers of the Pacific Northwest, USA

Date: August 20, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Toby Kock, Research Fish Biologist, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center

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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Behavior and movement of smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) in the forebay of Bonneville Dam, Columbia River, August–December 2020

A telemetry study was conducted during August–December 2020 to evaluate behavior and movement patterns of adult smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) in the forebay of Bonneville Dam, Washington. A total of 40 smallmouth bass were collected, tagged, and released during August–September in seven distinct areas of the dam forebay and monitored...

Kock, Tobias J.; Hansen, Gabriel S.; Evans, Scott D.
Kock, T.J., Hansen, G.S., and Evans, S.D., 2021, Behavior and movement of smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) in the forebay of Bonneville Dam, Columbia River, August–December 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1099, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211099.

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Ontogeny of eDNA shedding during early development in Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Knowledge of the timing of major life history events in aquatic species is important for informing conservation and resource management planning. Accordingly, surveys of environmental DNA (eDNA) have been performed to determine the efficacy of eDNA for providing information on life history events, primarily focusing on the timing of events...

Ostberg, Carl; Chase, Dorothy M.

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From site to system: Approaches for producing system-wide estimates of fish habitat in large rivers

Worldwide, many productive rivers are dam-regulated and rely on flow management strategies that must balance support of ecological processes with human water use. One component of evaluating this balance is to understand ecological consequences of alternative flow management strategies, which has often been accomplished by coupling population...

Robinson, H.E.; Henderson, Mark J.; Perry, Russell; Goodman, Damon H.; Som, Nicholas A.