Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Montlake Laboratory

The Center's headquarters, the Montlake Laboratory, is located in Seattle, WA near the University of Washington and was established in 1931 as the first government laboratory dedicated to the study of living marine resources on the West Coast. The Montlake Laboratory houses the leadership of the Center and laboratories for chemical testing of seafood following oil spills, hosts stock assessments scientist who model West Coast federal fisheries, geneticists determining population structure of Pacific salmon and west coast groundfish, and responds dynamically to emerging research needs such as climate change and ocean acidification, integrated ecosystem modeling, socio-economic connections, and biological effects of emerging toxins.