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Document Type: Report
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 8966
Title: Coastal Zone and Estuarine Studies Division organization and activities
Author/Editor: Michael H. Schiewe, David M. Damkaer (editors)
Year: 1994
Institution: National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Seattle

The scientific mission of the Coastal Zone and Estuarine Studies Division is to develop information leading to the conservation, enhancement, and balanced use of the marine and anadromous resources of the Pacific Northwest.  A fishery represents a complex of interactions among organisms, environment, habitat use, and social values underlying harvesting and processing systems.  The division conducts research to understand these interactions and to identify and solve problems within this complex.

Research of the division focuses on the Columbia River Basin and Puget Sound and the salmonid resources these watersheds support.  The division conducts its research within the framework of four research programs:  Ecological Effects of Dams, Habitat Investigations, Fisheries Enhancement, and Conservation Biology.