• NOAA released recovery plans for Snake River salmon & steelhead, charting a path for species that have historically represented more than half of all Columbia River salmon & steelhead returns. Read More . . .

  • Federal vessel regulations to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales have reduced impacts on the whales while whale watching and tourism economies continued to grow. Read More . . .

  • Pupping season has begun, with a chance to watch seals give birth and care for their young. Onlookers should observe from a distance, following our Share the Shore guidelines. Read More . . .

  • NOAA released a draft recovery plan for public comment on January 9, 2018. The plan identifies steps to promote recovery of the green sturgeon’s depressed population in Central California. Read More . . .

  • California sea lions have fully rebounded under the protection of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, according to the first comprehensive population assessment of the species. Read More . . .

Puget Sound

Salmon Recovery Habitat Conservation   Killer Whales

Puget Sound is a broad array of saltwater bays, islands, and peninsulas carved by prehistoric glaciers. It supports diverse marine life, including salmon and steelhead, Southern Resident killer whales, rockfish, marine mammals, and shellfish. NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region works to conserve and protect each of these marine resources and their habitats.

Columbia & Snake Rivers

Salmon Recovery Columbia Basin Partnership Federal Columbia River Power System

The Columbia River Basin drains more than 258,000 square miles and together with its largest tributary, the Snake River, is home to salmon and steelhead, Pacific eulachon, and green sturgeon. NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region works to conserve and protect each of these species and their habitats throughout the basin.

Willamette River Basin

Salmon Recovery Habitat Conservation Biological Opinion

The Willamette River Basin is the largest watershed in Oregon, covering more than 11,500 square miles and 13 major tributaries that support salmon and steelhead runs. NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region works to conserve and protect each of these species and their habitats throughout the basin.

Northern California

Klamath Salmon Recovery Drought

Covering a diverse geography that includes the Klamath and Trinity River Basins and the San Francisco Bay Delta, Northern California’s rivers support salmon and steelhead, Pacific eulachon, and green sturgeon. NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region works to conserve and protect each of these species and their habitats throughout this region.

Central Valley

Water Operations California WaterFix Salmon & Steelhead Central Valley

California’s Central Valley covers roughly 22,500 square miles and includes two major river systems that are home to salmon, steelhead, and green sturgeon—the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region works to conserve and protect each of these species and their habitats throughout the valley.

Southern California

Salmon Recovery Habitat Conservation Biological Opinion

With a dense population of more than 21 million people, Southern California includes diverse landscapes and habitats that also support marine mammals, sea turtles, steelhead, and abalone. The region also supports economically significant commercial and recreational fisheries. NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region works to conserve and protect each of these resources.

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