Finfish Enhancement & Restoration

Aquaculture is used in all states of the West Coast Region to enhance Pacific salmon stocks that support commercial, tribal, and recreational fisheries.  In California, white sea bass populations are enhanced to support recreational fisheries. Via artificial propagation, fish are produced at hatcheries and then released to rear in the wild.

Aquaculture is also used in the restoration of Pacific salmon stocks that are listed under the Endangered Species Act.  Captive broodstock rearing programs are reducing the extreme risk of extinction for stocks such as Redfish Lake Sockeye salmon and aiding rebuilding the core genetic populations of Snake River spring/summer Chinook salmon stocks from the Columbia/Snake River system.