Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Environmental Physiology Research Areas


Dr. Adam Luckenbach
Program Manager
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Fish Growth and Ocean Ecology

Growth is an integrated physiological response encompassing both external environmental conditions (food quality and quantity, temperature, water quality) and internal physiological status (health, stress, reproductive state).

Measures of fish growth may reflect ecosystem status and habitat quality. Growth of juvenile fish has often been found to correlate with survival. Measures of juvenile fish growth can predict recruitment.

Our research in the Environmental Physiology Program aims to:


Development of growth indices for sablefish
Growth of juvenile salmon in the California Current
Growth of juvenile salmon in the Salish Sea