The Center's headquarters, the Montlake Laboratory, is located in Seattle, WA near the University of Washington and was established in 1931 as the first government laboratory dedicated to the study of living marine resources on the West Coast.
What We Do
The Northwest Fisheries Science Center conducts critical fisheries science research at its headquarters in Seattle, WA, and five research stations throughout Washington and Oregon. The unique features of each of these facilities enable Center scientists to pursue various areas in fisheries research supporting the agency's mission. The geographic scope of the Center's research extends far beyond these facilities, west into the Pacific and east into the mountain streams and lakes of Idaho.
The Montlake Laboratory houses the leadership of the Center and laboratories for chemical testing of seafood following oil spills, hosts stock assessments scientist who model West Coast federal fisheries, geneticists determining population structure of Pacific salmon and West Coast groundfish, and responds dynamically to emerging research needs such as climate change and ocean acidification, integrated ecosystem modeling, socio-economic connections, and biological effects of emerging toxins.