The Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office is part of a network of field stations located throughout the nation that works to conserve fish and aquatic resources. Over 300 biologists from the Arctic Circle to the Florida Keys monitor and control invasive species; protect imperiled species; evaluate native fish stocks and their habitats; and work with our partners to solve problems.

What We Do

Our dedicated staff strives to conserve, restore, and improve native fish and aquatic resources throughout western Washington.  This includes studying populations and their habitats; supporting habitat restoration; and evaluating restoration projects, fish hatchery practices, and human impacts.  This work involves collaborations with local, state and Tribal partners.  Our findings and recommendations allow land and natural resource managers to make informed decisions. 

This office is part of the Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula Fisheries Complex, which includes three National Fish Hatcheries on the Olympic Peninsula and is co-located with the complex office in Lacey.  

Typhanie Shepherd and Daniel Spencer, USFWS

Our Organization

Juvenile Northern Pike in aquarium at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, South Dakota
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.

Our Species

Our work focuses on native fish and aquatic species, including those of tribal importance and species listed under the Endangered Species Act.  Examples of species we work with include: 

  • Chinook, coho, chum, pink, and kokanee salmon
  • Bull trout 
  • Steelhead
  • Coastal cutthroat trout
  • Pacific lamprey
  • Olympic mudminnow
  • Sculpin
  • Freshwater mussels

Projects and Research

Our office consists of four primary programs:  Hatchery Evaluation, Fisheries Management Assistance, Habitat Restoration, and Population Assessment. 

For more information on these programs, please visit our Projects and Research page.

Location and Contact Information