People don’t always realize their negative effects on wildlife. News reports, internet videos, and social media show beach goers disturbing seals, sea lions and their pups while taking photos. Read More . . .
Marine mammal researchers and West Coast crab fishermen are working together to end large whale entanglement in crab pot lines. Read More . . .
Widespread development has caused the decline of wild salmon and steelhead in California’s coastal watersheds. Today, NOAA Fisheries released a plan to recover these species. Read More . . .
A cornerstone of Native American trade, Eulachon harvests were transported hundreds of miles inland. They spawned when other food was scarce, so they were known as “savior” or “salvation” fish. Read More . . .
Snake River Chinook & Steelhead swim from Idaho, Washington and Oregon down to the ocean and back again. A proposed recovery plan outlines strategies to recover these long distance travelers. Read More . . .
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Informed by our 5-year reviews, NOAA Fisheries announced a proposal to update the descriptions of salmon and steelhead listed under the ESA. Comments due by December 20, 2016.
- NOAA Fisheries announced the availability of the Eulachon Draft Recovery Plan for public review. Comments are due by December 19, 2016. Learn more about the draft plan.
- NOAA will conduct a status review of Pacific bluefin tuna to determine if a petitioned action to list the species as endangered is warranted. Information pertinent to the action must be received by December 12, 2016.
- NOAA Fisheries, the Corps and Idaho Department of Fish & Game have released the 2015 Adult Sockeye Salmon Passage Report
- NOAA Selects Barry Thom as Next West Coast Regional Administrator; Will Stelle to Transition to New Role under NOAA Administrator.
- NOAA published a proposed rule adopting an amendment to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan allowing electronic monitoring in segments of the groundfish fishery starting in 2017. Comments are due by October 6, 2016.