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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. 

Headquarters and Seattle Research Laboratory

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News

Date published: February 10, 2020

This Month at WFRC

This page contains WFRC "Highlights" reported February, 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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Climate change vulnerability assessment for Pacific Lamprey in rivers of the Western United States

Pacific Lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) are a native anadromous species that, like salmon, historically returned to spawn in large numbers in watersheds along the west coast of the United States (U.S.). Lamprey play a vital role in river ecosystems and are one of the oldest vertebrates that have persisted over time likely influencing the...

Wang, Christina J; Shaller, Howard A; Coates, Kelly C.; Hayes, Michael C.; Rose, Robert K

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Year Published: 2019

Using the STARS Model to evaluate the effects of the proposed project for the long-term operation of State Water Project Incidental Take Permit Application and CEQA compliance

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) requested analysis of juvenile Chinook salmon survival in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (henceforth identified as “the Delta”) as part of an effects analysis that will be included in an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) Application. This application is in compliance with the California...

Perry, Russell W.; Hansen, Amy C.; Evans, Scott D.; Kock, Tobias J.
Perry, R.W., Hansen, A.C., Evans, S.D., and Kock, T.J., 2019, Using the STARS Model to evaluate the effects of the proposed project for the long-term operation of State Water Project Incidental Take Permit Application and CEQA compliance: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1127, 31 p. plus appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191127.

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Using the STARS model to evaluate the effects of the proposed action for the reinitiation of consultation on the coordinated long-term operation of the Central Valley and State Water Project

In 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and California Department of Water Resources requested a reinitiation of consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act on the coordinated long-term operations of the Central Valley and State Water Projects. This resulted in a Biological Assessment released by USBR in 2019. In its analysis...

Perry, Russell W.; Pope, Adam C.; Sridharan, Vamsi K.
Perry, R.W., Pope, A.C., and Sridharan, V.K., 2019, Using the STARS model to evaluate the effects of the proposed action for the reinitiation of consultation on the coordinated long-term operation of the Central Valley and State Water Project: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1125, 31 p. plus appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191125.