Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Hatchery Reform Science Program

The Hatchery Reform Science Program's mission is to provide science advice to help guide the use of artificial propagation to help meet conservation and sustainable fisheries goals. Cultured organisms can have both positive and negative influences on natural wild populations. The program is composed of two teams, the Stock Conservation Team and the Behavioral Ecology Team, that conduct basic and applied research in husbandry methodologies, growth, and survival. Behavioral, ecological, and life history traits of both cultured and natural fish are compared and linked to fitness in the natural environment. The Program also conducts major implementation actions associated with recovery efforts for ESA-listed stocks of Pacific salmon through application of captive broodstock technology.