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A Cradle of Great Earthquakes: Exploring the Underwater San Andreas Fault

Using advanced technology and a green research vessel, Center scientists team up to explore the submerged San Andreas fault and its hidden marine life.
December 08, 2010 - Feature Story ,
Oregon State University Research Vessel Pacific Storm

Making a Splash with Record Salmon Runs

Scientists attribute this year's record salmon runs in Columbia River Basin to favorable ocean conditions and other fish-friendly improvements to habitat, hatcheries and hydropower.
July 19, 2010 - Feature Story ,
maps showing the dams in the Columbia River basin

Spotlight on Pt. Adams: Scientists Track Salmon Migration, Survival

The NWFSC’s Point Adams Research Station, located at the mouth of the Columbia River at Hammond, OR, is home to 30 scientists and staff who spend most of their time shadowing salmonids, or their predators, for a living.
May 10, 2010 - Feature Story ,
Using trap nets, scientists can sample habitat use by juvenile salmonids.  Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Ghostfishing in Puget Sound

NWFSC scientist Tom Good and colleagues have been collecting and analyzing derelict gillnets to better understand their impact on the Puget Sound ecosystem.
February 10, 2010 - Feature Story ,
Although optimized for specific species, they can target marine animals indiscriminately. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

Restoring the Elwha River

We are collecting data and investigating the potential environmental impacts of the upcoming Elwha River dams removal.
January 21, 2010 - Feature Story ,
Man carrying a fish on a stick over his shoulder

The Tale of the Migrating Mini-Jack

Physiologists Don Larsen and his colleagues are studying the physiology of the “mini-jack” to determine how hatcheries might be contributing to high rates of early maturation in male salmon.
November 09, 2009 - Feature Story ,
Diagram showing the life cycle of Spring Chinook salmon.  From fry, to parr, smoting, sub-adult, to jack, spawning.  Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Killer Whales' Fate Linked to Salmon

NWFSC scientists Eric Ward and Elizabeth Holmes, along with Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research, have found a correlation between the abundance of Chinook salmon and the fecundity (reproductive success) of killer whales.
June 30, 2009 - Feature Story ,
Killer whale spyhopping.

Overdose: Drugs and Chemicals in Fish

On June 19th, NWFSC Environmental Conservation Division Director Dr. Tracy Collier gave testimony before the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives, addressing the adverse effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on the endocrine systems of fish and wildlife.
June 24, 2009 - Feature Story ,

Pesticide Mixtures: Deadly Synergy in Salmon

Poisoned waters a toxic brew for salmon
March 04, 2009 - Feature Story ,
This graph shows the hypothetical difference between the effects of an individual pesticide and pesticide mixtures on salmon brain function, as indicated by the degree to which the pesticide(s) inhibit function of an important enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE). As seen here, the potential neurobehavioral toxicity of the pesticide mixture can be additive or, if greater than the sum of its parts, synergistic.

Success at Redfish Lake

A brief look back at how captive breeding rescued a sockeye population
December 10, 2008 - Feature Story ,
Hormone injections are used to advance the spawning time of sockeye. Credit: NOAA Fisheries