Successful fisheries management provides economic opportunities and ensures the long-term sustainability of fisheries and the habitats on which they depend. We provide information about stock assessments, ecosystem sustainability, and human impacts to fisheries managers. We also conduct state-of-the-art science and technology to support aquaculture while protecting and maintaining ecosystem health. In addition, we study pathogens, toxins from harmful algal blooms, chemical contaminants, and other stressors of marine ecosystems that pose significant risks to the health of seafood resources and humans. Our research is focused on improving our understanding of those risks, how to forecast them, and identify ways to mitigate their impacts.
In the Northwest, we are also focused on salmon recovery, including improving hatchery supplementation, increasing ocean survival, reducing the harmful effects of water pollution, and enhancing captive broodstocks. Research combines behavioral ecology, environmental physiology, ecotoxicology, and hatchery science.
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