NOAA and the Sonoma County Water Agency signed our first “Safe Harbor Agreement” offering Russian River landowners incentives to enhance their property for ESA protected salmon and steelhead. Read More . . .
NOAA Administrator Kathryn D. Sullivan visited a small business in Newport, OR, that provides West Coast fishermen with innovative nets that catch more fish while avoiding sensitive stocks. Read More . . .
Scientists and managers weighed a new stock assessment for the West Coast. The assessment showed that sardine numbers are still below the cut-off level where sardine fishing will be allowed again. Read More . . .
Scientists, aquarists, educators, industry, and resource managers convened to explore the future of abalone recovery, particularly critically endangered white abalone, to guide future recovery efforts. Read More . . .
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 . . .
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.
- 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.
- NOAA Fisheries and Sonoma County Water Agency sign first-ever agreement for collaborative stewardship of salmon and steelhead. The landmark agreement offers private landowners incentives to conserve federally protected fish.