Half of the 10 overfished species are rebuilt and at least 2 more may be rebuilt soon, due to the support and sacrifice of West Coast ports and fishermen. Read More . . .
U.S.-caught Pacific Bluefin Tuna on the West Coast is harvested legally and sustainably. Consumers can purchase the fish with a clear conscience. Read More . . .
Celebrate World Fish Migration Day and learn how NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region works to promote fish passage, restore habitat, and protect migratory fish. Read More . . .
An injured juvenile gray whale died in the Puget Sound. Many organizations assisted in monitoring, and the Navy provided a site for the necropsy. The skeleton will go to educational use. Read More . . .
Ocean acidification expected with climate change may slow development and reduce survival of Dungeness crab, a key component of the Northwest marine ecosystem and a significant fishery. 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 reconvening the Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force, meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
- The 2016-2017 Regional Saltwater Recreational Policy Implementation Plan for the West Coast Region is available.
- NOAA Fisheries releases Biological Opinion for FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon April 14, 2016
- $100 million now available for loan to commercial fishing and aquaculture industries. NOAA's Fisheries Finance Program accepting applications.
- 81FR17141: NMFS issued a Letter of Authorization under MMPA sec 120 to Idaho, Oregon, & Washington for the Take of identifiable California sea lions the vicinity of Bonneville Dam that are having a significant negative impact on ESA listed salmon and steelhead. Comments are due by April 27 2016.
- NOAA Fisheries has completed its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the potential approval of five hatchery and genetic management plans for early-returning (“early”) winter steelhead hatchery programs in Puget Sound in Washington State.