It is the mission of the Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (CRFWCO) to assist in determining the status of imperiled natural stocks, to evaluate management measures for recovery and assist in the recovery of these stocks, and to prevent future listings
What We Do
Our staff collaborates with local, state and Tribal partners to conserve, restore, and improve native fish and aquatic resources throughout Oregon and along the Columbia River and all of its tributaries downstream from McNary Dam to the Pacific Ocean. We study wild and hatchery aquatic organisms and their populations, support habitat restoration, and evaluate restoration projects, fish hatchery practices and human impacts. The results of our studies allow land and natural resource managers to make science informed management decisions.
The CRFWCO provides science-based recommendations for the management of aquatic resources on Federal and Tribal lands in the Pacific Northwest. The programs in our office provide technical assessment, interagency coordination, and representation for technical- and policy-level workgroups, committees, councils, and commissions. Our programs are:
Our work focuses on native fish and aquatic species, including those of Tribal importance and species listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Western Pearlshell (Margaritifera falcata) Yukon Floater (Anodonta beringiana) Western Ridged Mussel (Gonidea angulata)
Coastal Cutthroat Trout
Pacific Salmon (Oncorhynchus sp.)
Aquatic Invasive Species
Projects and Research
The Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (CRFWCO) coordinates, facilitates, and implements management actions to conserve and restore fish and aquatic species in the Columbia River Basin and adjacent parts of Oregon, including threatened and endangered resident species, anadromous salmonids, and their associated habitats. Our main conservation and restoration activities include: endangered species review and assessment, improvement, tagging and marking of anadromous salmonids, Federal hatchery evaluation, harvest management, aquatic monitoring, and various technical assistance programs. We work through collaboration and partnership with other Federal agencies, stakeholder groups, State and Tribal governments, non-governmental organizations, and the public.
Our geographic focus includes the Columbia River and tributaries downstream from McNary Dam to the Pacific Ocean, and the rest of Oregon (except for the Klamath Basin). Providing technical assistance, interagency coordination, and representation on technical and policy level workgroups, committees, councils, and commissions for hydrosystem, hatchery, harvest, and habitat management are the key tasks for the CRFWCO. The CRFWCO work is guided by, and consistent with, the Pacific Region Fisheries Strategic Plan, USFWS National Fisheries Strategic Plan, and Department of Interior Secretarial priorities.
Fromremoval to protecting endangered species, find out what kind of projects and initiatives we're conducting to protect our aquatic resources.