The Northwest Regional Office and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center work to manage, conserve, and restore living marine resources and their habitats. Areas of interest are primarily off the coasts of Washington and Oregon and in rivers and streams in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho where anadromous species, such as salmon, exist. The northeast Pacific Ocean is home to an amazing array of animals and habitats that are critical to supporting economic prosperity, public health, and quality of life in the region. The Regional Office is responsible for protecting these resources under a number of federal laws, while the Science Center provides critical scientific information to assist managers in making sound decisions. Together, we provide an integrated approach to building sustainable fisheries, protecting and recovering key species, and sustaining healthy ecosystems. To achieve these goals, we collaborate with many agencies and organizations, including the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and are involved in number of key regional initiatives, such as the Puget Sound Partnership and the West Coast Governors Agreement on Ocean Health.
Our scientists carry out state-of-the-art research to inform management actions, such as conducting resource and habitat surveys to determine the abundance and health of various groundfish species and undertaking studies of ocean conditions to better forecast the status of fish populations.
Sustainable FisheriesOur managers ensure that fisheries in the region are maintained at productive levels and rebuild fish species designated as overfished. For example, we work with the Pacific Fishery Management Council to manage the West Coast Groundfish fishery, which includes over 90 species from Mexico to Canada.
Protected ResourcesWe strive to protect and recover fish and marine mammals listed under the Endangered Species Act. Recovery planning for 18 salmon populations and southern resident killer whales is currently underway, with several recovery plans already completed. Activities include consulting with federal agencies on proposed actions that may affect listed species, evaluating the effectiveness of restoration actions, and conducting analyses to understand the structure, viability, and threats to these populations.
Habitat ConservationOur managers and scientists work to understand and protect critical habitats in the region. For example, scientists are investigating the effects of climate change on salmon and groundfish survival and productivity, and assessing exposure and effects of toxic compounds on fish health. Our scientists are also investigating the source, transport, and fate of toxins and pathogens in seafood under changing ocean conditions to develop early warning systems that better predict where outbreaks may occur.
In addition to strong regional efforts, the region supports important international activities such as the International Whaling Commission, Pacific Salmon Commission, North Pacific Marine Science Organization, and the U.S.-Canada Treaty on Pacific Hake.
Northwest Regional Office
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
2725 Montlake Blvd E.
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