Lower Columbia River Fish Health Center
Pacific Region


What We Do...
Our laboratory methodologies include viral cell culture, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), fluorescent antibody tests, bacterial culture and biochemistry, and the polymerase chain reaction assay (PCR). Work done by the Center facilitates the restoration of significant anadromous fishery resources in the Columbia Basin by ensuring healthy hatchery stocks that have minimal impact on wild and natural stocks. To achieve this goal, the Fish Health Center scientists collect and analyze data from the hatchery stocks to help managers in their production and management decisions.

Fish Health Center staff participate in various Pacific Northwest committees and co-manager groups, furthering fish health information transfer and cooperative efforts in aquatic resource conservation in coordination with universities, state, tribal, private and federal agencies. Through cooperative agreements with U.S. Geological Survey, the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife, private agencies and universities, the Fish Health Center has begun studies that will help manage disease outbreaks in wild fish and also provide understanding of disease interactions between wild and hatchery fish.

Last updated: February 21, 2012
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