Western Fisheries Research Center


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


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Year Published: 2021

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.

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Year Published: 2021

Exposure to Deepwater Horizon crude oil increases free cholesterol in larval red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted over 2100 km of shoreline along the northern Gulf of Mexico, which coincided with the spawning season of many coastal species, including red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus). Red drum develop rapidly and are sensitive to crude oil exposure during the embryonic and larval periods. This study...

McGruer, Victoria; Khursigara, Alexis J.; Magnuson, Jason T.; Esbaugh, Andrew J.; Greer, Justin Blaine; Schlenk, Daniel

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Year Published: 2021

Avian predation of juvenile Lost River and Shortnose Suckers in Upper Klamath Lake: An assessment of Sucker assisted rearing program releases during 2018–2020

To bolster recruitment in Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed Lost River Suckers (Deltistes luxatus) and Shortnose Suckers (Chasmistes brevirostris) in the Upper Klamath Basin (UKB), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and its partners have implemented the Sucker Assisted Rearing Program (SARP). As part of this program, juvenile suckers...

Evans, Allen; Payton, Quinn; Banet, Nathan V; Cramer, Bradley M.; Kelsey, Caylen; Hewitt, David A.