The California North-Central Coast and Russian River Watershed was prioritized by President Obama allowing collaborative efforts to understand the impacts of climate change on the region. Read More . . .
Officials are working to relocate and expand a small hatchery that has helped endangered Central California Coast coho salmon hang on in their historic habitat south of the Golden Gate. Read More . . .
Puget Sound partners are identifying projects that restore vital salmon habitat as well as protecting the viability of local agriculture, to conserve these resources for future residents. Read More . . .
Researchers combined tracking data with satellite observations to develop a system to predict blue whale locations. “WhaleWatch” alerts ships where they may encounter the whales. Read More . . .
A recent overhaul of the inflatable, rubber Mirabel Dam improved salmon and steelhead passage up and down the Russian River while maintaining seasonal water for its users. 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.
- NOAA Fisheries announces new requirements in Pacific Coast Groundfish fisheries, including new electronic fish ticket reporting requirements for sablefish landings, joint registration, and an exemption to the ownership limitations on sablefish permits. Effective December 23, 2016, except electronic fish ticket requirements are effective January 1, 2017.
- 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.