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Our fisheries researchers are world-class scientists. They conduct cutting-edge research to provide fisheries resource managers the scientific information they need to protect, restore, and enhance our Nation’s fisheries and their habitats.

Imperiled Species Research

Imperiled Species Research

Forty percent of all fish species in North America are at risk of extinction. USGS research is crucial to protect and manage at-risk species and healthy fish populations into the future.

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Drought and Ecological Flows

Drought and Ecological Flows

As part of the USGS Fisheries program, ecological flows, or the relationships between quality, quantity, and timing of water flows and ecological response of aquatic biota and ecosystems; and related ecosystem services are being investigated.

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Fisheries Research

USGS scientists study life history, population ecology, and conservation and restoration strategies for aquatic species and the habitats that sustain them.

Aquatic Habitats

Aquatic Species

Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation

Advanced Tools and Technologies

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News

Date published: March 20, 2018

Western Fisheries Science News, January 2018 | Issue 6.1

Researching Pacific Herring in Alaska’s Prince William Sound

Date published: February 1, 2018

Western Fisheries Science News, December 2017 | Issue 5.12

USGS Expertise and Science Leads to Ballast Water Management Solutions

Date published: December 13, 2017

Western Fisheries Science News, November 2017 | Issue 5.11

USGS and Chinese Fish Health Specialists Meet in the People's Republic of China to Discuss Fish Health

Publications

Year Published: 2018

A bioenergetics evaluation of temperature‐dependent selection for the spawning phenology by Snake River fall Chinook salmon

High water temperatures can increase the energetic cost for salmon to migrate and spawn, which can be important for Snake River fall‐run Chinook salmon because they migrate great distances (>500 km) at a time when river temperatures (18–24°C) can be above their optimum temperatures (16.5°C). Average river temperatures and random...

Plumb, John M.
Plumb, J.M. 2018. A bioenergetics evaluation of temperature-dependent selection for the spawning phenology by Snake River fall Chinook salmon. Ecol. Evol. 2018 1-13 (Early View).

Year Published: 2018

Juvenile Chinook salmon and forage fish use of eelgrass habitats in a diked and channelized Puget Sound River Delta

Eelgrass Zostera marina can form extensive meadows on Puget Sound river deltas. The extent to which these meadows provide critical rearing habitat for local estuarine fishes, especially out‐migrating juvenile salmon, is not well understood. Further, delta eelgrass has been impacted by diking and river channelization with unknown...

Rubin, Stephen P.; Hayes, Michael C.; Grossman, Eric E.
Rubin, S.P., M.C. Hayes, and E.E. Grossman. 2018. Juvenile Chinook salmon and forage fish use of eelgrass habitats in a diked and channelized Puget Sound River Delta. Marine Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 10:435-451.

Year Published: 2018

Insight into infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) in Chinese rainbow trout aquaculture from virus isolated from 7 provinces in 2010–2014

The aquatic rhabdovirus infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) currently causes substantial fish losses in Chinese coldwater aquaculture. While IHNV was first reported in China in 1985 and has since undergone considerable spread, little is known about the underlying epidemiological patterns like introduction sources and...

Jia, Peng; Breyta, Rachel B.; Li, Qing; Qian, Xu; Wu, Bing; Zheng, Wei; Wen, Zhiqing; Liu, Ying; Kurath, Gael; Hua, Qunyi; Jin, Ningyi; Liu, Hong
Jia, P., R.B. Breyta, Q. Li, X. Qian, B. Wu, W. Zheng, Z. Wen, Y. Liu, G. Kurath, Q. Hua, N. Jin, and H. Liu. 2018. Insight into infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) in Chinese rainbow trout aquaculture from virus isolated from 7 provinces in 2010–2014. Aquaculture 496: 239-246.