• Nearly 100 volunteers from the Seattle area celebrated World Fish Migration Day in May by painting a mural in the shape of a salmon, and learning environmental lessons along the way. Read More . . .

  • NOAA proposes to remove Puget Sound canary rockfish from the endangered species list after a study found that the population was not genetically distinct from other canary rockfish in the west. Read More . . .

  • Unprecedented support saved the California condor from extinction in the early 1980’s. It’s time to do the same for another remarkable California native, the Central California Coast coho salmon. Read More . . .

  • Two NOAA Restoration Center employees received the coveted Golden Pipe Award for developing a program that assists veterans’ transition into environmental resource careers. Read More . . .

  • An international team identified a new species of whale that ranges from northern Japan to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Japanese whalers call the rare black whales “karasu,” the word for raven. 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 2015 Interagency Drought Strategy 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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