• Released balloons, including those falsely marketed as biodegradable latex, become litter. Balloons and ribbons are a significant cause of wildlife death from ingestion and entanglement. Read More . . .

  • Shifting from a species to a systems approach is a logical step as NOAA balances ecosystem protection with economic and human benefits while refining predictions and management advice. Read More . . .

  • Understanding how fish and predators interact with the environment can help fishers and managers avoid bycatch of protected species, and maintain the catch of commercial species. Read More . . .

  • NOAA Fisheries’ science centers are working with Saildrone Inc. to test the first use of autonomous, wind and solar-powered vehicles to gather essential data on West Coast fish populations. Read More . . .

  • Orca Awareness Month comes at a critical time for the Southern Resident killer whales of the West Coast and Salish Sea, as communities rally to support the long-lived but troubled marine mammals. 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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