Research Stations and Laboratory Directions/Contact Information
The NWFSC conducts critical fisheries science research at its
headquarters in Seattle and at five research stations in Washington and Oregon. The
unique assets of each of these facilities enables Center scientists to pursue various areas in
fisheries research to support the agency's mission.
Montlake campus, west building
The geographic scope the Center's research extends far beyond these facilities, of course, west into
the Pacific and east into the mountain streams and lakes of Montana and Idaho.
The Center's main campus in Seattle is located at 2725 Montlake Boulevard East, Seattle, WA, close
to the University of Washington, and has been a focal point of marine science since 1931.
Montlake campus, east building
The facility includes the office of the Science Director, the directorates for each of the
five science divisions, and much of the Center's laboratory space.
It also features an innovative freshwater recirculation system, special aquaculture and biotoxin
research facilities and an extensive marine science research library. The dock outside,
on Portage Bay, is home to the sampling vessel, RV Harold W. Streeter.
Newport Research Station
Newport is part of Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center, and serves as a hub for collaborative research between government and university scientists. Some major areas of study include surveying stocks of Pacific groundfish, identifying essential fish habitat, investigating fish disease and studying the links between the ocean food web and global climate change.
Newport also has a special laboratory for the study of fish immunology.
(For information see the Newport Research Station brochure.)
Net pens used for rearing fish at Manchester
Manchester is a world leader in salmon culture technology, and is also one of very few places where groundfish such as lingcod and Pacific halibut have been successfully reared. Some of the main activities at Manchester include research on captive broodstocks, fishery enhancement, fish genetics and PIT-tag technology.
Click here to find out more about the Manchester Research Station.
Pasco Research Station
Center scientists at Pasco are engaged primarily with research on the migration and survival of anadromous fish. The particular focus of this research is improving the ability of salmon to migrate through the Columbia River dam system.
Point Adams, at the mouth of the Columbia River in Hammond, OR, is an ideal site for studying estuarine and near-ocean habitats. NWFSC staff maintain a research vessel here, and study ecology especially in relation to the transitioning of salmon between fresh and salt water.
Mukilteo Research Station
Scientists at the Mukilteo facility focus on understanding the lifecycle of marine species and the impacts of toxins and pollutants on anadromous and marine fish and invertebrates. Scientists rear marine flatfish and juvenile salmon for pollution studies and maintain a culture laboratory for algae and zooplankton. There is a high-quality seawater system for fish rearing.
Map showing the locations of the 5 research stations at Montlake, Mukilteo,
Manchester, Pasco, Point Adams and Newport.
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