Marine mammal scientists are beginning a research expedition using sound to search of the least known, most mysterious and deepest diving whales off the West Coast. Read More . . .
Video systems may soon provide an alternative to human observers in tracking the catch on more West Coast fishing vessels, under new regulations proposed by NOAA Fisheries and the PFMC. Read More . . .
New grants will restore essential habitat for two of our most endangered species of salmon – Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon and Central California Coast coho salmon. Read More . . .
Washington State is demonstrating strong support for shellfish aquaculture, providing a model for other states under NOAA Fisheries’ National Shellfish Initiative. Read More . . .
The warming Pacific has worried scientists studying the highly endangered black abalone. They knew that earlier El Niños had taken a heavy toll. Now they have some good news and some bad news. 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, 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.
- The Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program is accepting proposals. NOAA Fisheries announced approximately $10 million available to support fisheries projects through the 2017 grants competition. The solicitation will close on December 9, 2016.
- The nomination process for the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force is open through September 6, 2016.
- This week NOAA recommended more than $11 million in grant funding to address needs of fishing communities, support economic opportunities, and build and maintain resilient and sustainable fisheries.