Northwest Fisheries Science Center



ABCs of Stock Assessments

NOAA Fisheries relies on data, advanced technologies, and partnerships to develop stock assessments and sustainably manage valuable U.S. fisheries, such as the over $50 million hake fishery in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the ABCs of Stock Assessments in this animation. (Running time: 4:13 minutes)

Beyond River Mile Five

NWFSC's Kinsey Frick, George Pess, and John McMillan, in partnership with other federal, state and tribal organizations, are working to understand the impacts of the nation's largest dam removal project on wild salmon populations and ecosystems in the Elwha River.

Dungeness Crabs in Changing Waters: Research on Ocean Acidification

The description of the video is "Research suggests that Dungeness crabs are sensitive to the increasing acidity of our oceans. This research will help answer the question of how ocean acidification affects Dungeness crab and will inform strategies to sustain this robust fishery. (Running time: 3 minutes 25 seconds)

Ecosystem Health

Ecosystem Science: Science and Scientists

Center scientists are working to understand how our activities on land directly affect what happens in our oceans and to share what they know with the public. Atlantis is a tool that can simulate ecosystems and test our ideas of how to manage them. (Running time: 3:24 minutes)

Ecosystem Health

Ecosystem Science: Understanding Ecosystem Health

What is a healthy ecosystem? The Puget Sound looks healthy from the surface, but over time, human activities have put its health at risk. See how small decisions in our everyday life and increasing public awareness can lead to big changes. (Running time: 3:08 minutes)

Environmental Sample Processor

Learn about a new biosensor called the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) that helps scientists better forecast blooms of harmful algae and bacteria in Puget Sound and beyond. The ESP collects and analyzes the DNA of species of interest in water samples and then emails the results to scientists back in the lab.


Hake Fisheries Observer: A Day in the Life

In the at-sea hake fishery (U.S. West Coast), fisheries observers collect data for NOAA's use in fisheries management and advancing fishery science. The film highlights a day in the life of an observer working for NOAA's At-Sea Hake Observer Program

Hunt for killer algae

NWFSC scientists and collaborators share their research and experiences at sea in this 20-minute video as they track harmful algal blooms along the West Coast. View our education page for more educational resources related to harmful algal blooms.


Integrated Ecosystem Assessments: A Next Generation Tool

Learn about IEAs and how this tool can transfer scientific knowledge about an ecosystem to help managers make decisions and understand implications and risks. (Running time: 3:26 minutes)

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Killer Whales at Night: Helping Protect Southern Residents

Watch a video about our multi-year study collecting DTAG data to better understand where Southern Resident killer whales go at night in the Salish Sea. (Running time: 2:27 minutes).

Microworlds: why do fish get sick?

NWFSC's Carla Stehr examines the fine details of marine life via images from a scanning electron microscope and explains how contaminants in water can affect a fish's sense of smell.

NOAA's Teacher in the Lab Program at NWFSC

Since 2010, NOAA scientists at the NWFSC have trained high school teachers in a summer program so that their students can collect microsatellite DNA data and participate in a population genetic study of a marine species in the Salish Sea ecosystem.

Recovering the Southern Resident killer whale: 10 years of research and conservation

Watch the science behind the recovery of Southern Residents, from using satellite tags to analyzing DNA in whale poop. (Running time: 7 minutes)

Restoring the Elwha

Get a closer look at the large-scale restoration efforts and science behind the largest dam removal in U.S. history, which began in 2011 on the Elwha River in Washington State. How do NOAA Fisheries scientists prepare for and measure the changes?

Scanning electron microscopy

NWFSC's Carla Stehr is not only an electron microscopist, but an artist. View some Carla's photos of aquatic life that were taken with a scanning electron microscope and shared with the public at an exhibit with the Seattle Aquarium.

Scientists use lasers and vessels to understand coastal pelagic ecosystem

View a new video showing how our scientists are using advanced technologies such as lasers on planes as well as research vessels to determine abundance of commercially-important fish species in the Columbia River plume.

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The Sponges of Grays Canyon

With the help of unmanned submersibles, NOAA scientists have begun studying the sponge gardens near Grays Canyon, off the coast of Washington. Spot prawns and several species of rockfish call these gardens home, making the habitats valuable for fishermen and fishery managers. (Running time: 1:45 | 480p version)

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Tabs on HABs Videos

Tabs on HABs introduces viewers to Harmful Algal Blooms, teaches some basic harmful species identification, and covers a few advanced identification techniques. The series is meant for students, citizen scientists and anyone with an interest in learning more about Harmful Algal Blooms and how they affect us.

Tracking Steelhead

Only about 20% of the Duwamish River steelhead that migrate into Puget Sound survive their two week migration to the Pacific Ocean. Why? NOAA scientists are working with the Port of Seattle to pinpoint why the mortality is so high and suggest ways to reduce it.