• 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

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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