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Welcome our new NWFSC Director
 Posted: April 28, 2017

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kevin Werner as the new science director of the NWFSC. Dr. Werner comes to us with two decades of experience within NOAA, having served recently as the Director of the National Weather Service's Office of Organizational Excellence and the Regional Climate Service Director for NOAA's Western Region. His new role will officially begin on May 15, 2017.   more...


Salmon recovery on the Columbia River
 Posted: April 24, 2017

Salmon recovery efforts may have just taken a big step forward, thanks to a collaborative project between the NWFSC, the Hood River Production Program, and the Bonneville Power Administration. In a new paper published by the American Fisheries Society, researchers may have found a way to help fish hatcheries increase productivity while reducing their impact on threatened, wild salmon.   more...


The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site Tackling ecological resilience
 Posted: March 29, 2017

A new paper by the University of Washington and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center aims to provide clarity among scientists, resource managers and planners on what ecological resilience means and how it can be achieved. The study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to examine the topic in the context of ecological restoration and identify ways that resilience can be measured and achieved at different scales.   The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site more...


Groundfish Bottom Trawl Survey
 Posted: March 9, 2017

The West Coast Groundfish Bottom Trawl Survey has been conducted annually at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center since 1998. Each year, four chartered fishing vessels conduct over 150 trawls from May to October, covering trawlable habitats at depths of 55 m to 1,280 m from the U.S.Mexico to the U.S.Canada borders. Learn more about history of this survey in a newly published Technical Memorandum.   more...


Restoring predators and prey together speeds recovery
 Posted: March 1, 2017

A new study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution shows that restoring predator and prey species together helps accelerate ecosystem recovery efforts. The research team from NOAA Fisheries, Oregon State University, UC Santa Barbara and Imperial College London found that pursuing recovery of one species at a time is slower and less desirable.   more...


Public Access to Research Results
 Posted: March 1, 2017

Today, the Center met an important milestone by making at least 30% of our NOAA-funded data accessible to the public by March 1. The PARR (Public Access to Research Results) inventory includes 84 data sets, or about 33% of the Center's 254 total data sets. All 254 datasets can be found on https://catalog.data.gov/dataset. Our goal is to publish 60% of the data by March 1, 2018 and 100% by March 1, 2019.   more...


Taurine and alternative fish feed
 Posted: February 28, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved taurine as an ingredient in alternative plant-based feed to help provide fish farmers with more options and reduce our nation's reliance on animal-based feed. Learn how Dr. Ron Johnson's work on the benefits of taurine for overall fish health contributed to the FDA's approval.   more...


Year in Review: 2016
 Posted: February 13, 2017

As we move forward into 2017, let's take a look back at some of the Center's accomplishments last year. Many thanks to our staff, NOAA colleagues, and external partners for helping us make strides toward understanding and conserving marine life in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.   more...


NOAA Nite at Mukilteo
 Posted: February 10, 2017

Join us for an evening of talks and a chance to chat with scientists who work at NOAA's Mukilteo Research Station on Monday, February 13. Scientists will discuss the marine science happening in this region, including abalone conservation, the effects of toxic chemicals, Dungeness crab management, salmon habitat restoration, ocean acidification, and more. This event is free and open to the public.   more...


Remembering Carl Lian
 Posted: January 25, 2017

We regretfully announce the passing of our colleague Carl Lian on December 27, 2016. Carl was a member of the NWFSC's Economics and Social Science Research Team, where he studied the impacts of the West Coast groundfish catch share program and compiled a wealth of fisheries economic data for our region. Our thoughts go out to Carl's family and friends during this time.   more...


Ocean acidification impacts on food webs and fisheries
 Posted: January 12, 2017

Ocean acidification will reverberate through the West Coast's marine food web, but not necessarily in the ways you might expect, new research shows. Dungeness crabs, for example, will likely suffer as their food sources decline. Dungeness crab fisheries valued at about $220 million annually may face a strong downturn over the next 50 years, according to the research published today in the journal Global Change Biology.   more...


Winter hake survey to begin
 Posted: January 9, 2017

The 2017 winter hake survey is gearing up to embark from Newport, Oregon on January 11. Scientists from the Center's Fisheries Engineering and Acoustic Technologies (FEAT) Program will be aboard the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada for a month-long cruise to survey spawning hake along the West Coast. Follow the action as FEAT scientists share what they are seeing on their new blog, the Main Deck.   more...


Aerial images document J2 in final months before death
 Posted: January 6, 2017

Aerial images by our colleagues at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the Center for Whale Research documented the final months of J2, the iconic Southern Resident killer whale that has been recently presumed dead. J2's presumed death follows that of four other whales from her extended family group ("J-pod") since last summer, and highlights continued concerns about the impact of limited prey resources and other threats to the population.   more...


The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site Puget Sound eelgrass beds holding steady
 Posted: January 4, 2017

The NWFSC and partners recently uncovered 40 years worth of data on Puget Sound's ecosystem changes, with some surprising results. The researchers found that overall, eelgrass beds in the region remained stable over those four decades, suggesting its resilience to long-term changes like climate fluctuations. Eelgrass serves as vital nursery habitat for many marine species such as salmon and herring.   The next link/button will exit from NWFSC web site more...


Toxics and effects on health of killer whales
 Posted: January 4, 2017

A new NOAA Technical Memorandum sheds light on how some of the most common persistent organic pollutants in Puget Sound are transferred to endangered Southern Resident killer whales, from the whales' favored prey (Chinook salmon) as well as between mothers and calves. The report, by lead author Teresa Mongillo (West Coast Region), also provides recommendations for the most necessary directions that future work on Southern Residents should take.   more...


NOAA releases Climate Regional Action Plans
 Posted: December 16, 2016

NOAA Fisheries released five climate Regional Action Plans to assist decision makers in preparing for and responding to climate-related changes in marine and coastal ecosystems. The RAP for the western region was developed by the Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers to evaluate the effects of a changing climate on marine and anadromous fish, invertebrates, marine mammals, sea turtles and seabirds in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem.   more...


Fishing for answers
 Posted: December 6, 2016

The charter fishing industry has a long history in Washington and Oregon, as residents and tourists engage in a variety of fishing opportunities, from salmon fishing in the Puget Sound and the Columbia River to rockfish and tuna fishing in the region's marine areas. In a recently published NOAA Technical Memorandum, author Jerry Leonard shares the results of a 2014 survey of charter vessels in both states to explore how the region's fishing industry responded to changes to the environment, the economy, and regulations imposed by federal and state governments.   more...


New NOAA Program for Veterans
 Posted: November 10, 2016

This Veteran's Day marks the fourth since NOAA launched its first training opportunities for veterans. Barney Boyer, an intern at our Mukilteo Research Station, is the first military veteran to work with NOAA Fisheries through a new partnership between Washington's Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Conservation Corps, and several NOAA offices.   more...


NOAA Fisheries Annual Priorities
 Posted: November 7, 2016

NOAA Fisheries just released the Priorities and Annual Guidance for 2017. This document features the agency's goals, priorities, and anticipated results for next year. As in previous years, this year's document also reflects high-level input and a commitment to execute this plan from every member of the agency's Leadership Council.   more...


Kickstarting innovation
 Posted: October 21, 2016

Imagine a low-cost way to fund innovative research, develop new tools and methods, and invigorate the careers of junior and senior scientists. Robin Waples details the origins, achievements, challenges, and future of the NWFSC's popular Internal Grants Program in a new NWFSC Technical Memorandum, Small Investments with Big Payoffs.   more...


Special issue honoring Mark Plummer
 Posted: October 17, 2016

When Mark Plummer died in 2014, he left behind a legacy of rigorous research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative innovation. The environmental science journal Coastal Management, of which Plummer was an associate editor for four years, published a series of articles written by his former colleagues and collaborators in tribute to his life and career.   more...


When algae turn toxic
 Posted: October 20, 2016

In 2015, the largest and longest-lasting harmful algal bloom of this century hit the West Coast. Domoic acid, a neurotoxin produced by the Pseudo-nitzschia algae, was found in dangerous levels in shelfish from Washington to California. A new paper in PLOS ONE explores the causes and whether we can predict future events.   more...


Shellfish harvesting habits in Puget Sound
 Posted: October 14, 2016

A new NWFSC Technical Memorandum by lead author Leif Anderson reports on recreational shellfishing practices and the impacts of beach closures in Puget Sound, based on a 2013 survey conducted with the support of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.   more...


Update on strandings of killer whales L95 and J32
 Posted: October 5, 2016

The final necropsy reports for L95 and J32, Southern Resident killer whales from L and Jpod, are now available. L95 was a 20 year old male tagged by NWFSC scientists in March and J32 was an 18 year old female found dead in December 2014.   more...


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