Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
Pacific Region

Doug Olson

DougDoug grew up in Grays Harbor, Washington where he learned to appreciate the outdoors and water ...rivers, streams, lakes, estuary, ocean, and rain. In 1979 he earned an Associate of Science degree from Grays Harbor College, with an interest in aquaculture. In 1982, Doug received a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington, with a specialty in water quality.

Doug has worked as a Research Technician for private industry (1982-83) and state government (1984-87) and as a Fisheries Biologist for tribal (1988-90) and federal government (1991 to present). Doug's work has included developing sampling techniques, production planning, stream restoration, hatchery evaluation, and population conservation. Doug regularly presents papers at the Pacific Northwest Fish Culture Conference and American Fisheries Society annual meetings and workshops. Doug is actively involved with the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Doug's present focus as Hatchery Assessment Team Leader is to guide our office's effort in assessing National Fish Hatcheries in the Columbia River basin in order to meet our federal mitigation, tribal trust, conservation, and Endangered Species Act responsibilities. Current research and management centers on hatchery reform and understanding the ecological interactions between hatchery and wild fish.

To contact Doug, please call 360.604.2500 or email

Last updated: February 14, 2012
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