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The mission of the Abernathy Fish Technology Center (Center) is to provide leadership in the scientifically based management of national fishery resources through development of new concepts and techniques to solve specific problems in aquatic restoration and recovery activities. The Center is the Pacific Region Fisheries Program's sole applied research facility and one of only eight such USFWS facilities nationwide. The Applied Research Programs conduct cooperative studies developing, promoting, and supporting methodologies and technologies to generate data and information for use in the management of aquatic resources.
The Center’s staff research activities, while concentrated in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, and Hawaii, can be found in other Regions of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and involve a large number of species. These include Chinook, coho, and sockeye salmon, steelhead/rainbow trout, cutthroat and bull trout, Pacific lamprey, white sturgeon, Arctic grayling, and other species native to North America.
In addition, to these wide ranging research activities, Center staff also focus on the local watershed. One study closely examines the interactions of locally adapted hatchery steelhead with their wild counterparts through the intensive study of the steelhead population in Abernathy Creek, Longview, WA. This watershed level study integrates the disciplines of ecology, physiology, genetics, nutrition, and fish culture to better understand the how hatchery fish can be produced which mimic wild fish, have increased survival, and relative reproduction rates similar to those of their wild counterparts.