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Coho hatchlings Credit Florian Granger

We play an integral role in guiding and leading conservation efforts for these Pacific Region species

  • Pacific Salmon and Steelhead

    Coho salmon

    These endangered and threatened national treasures face challenges from overfishing and habitat degradation. We mitigate for these pressures by producing more than 60 million salmon and steelhead nurtured in our hatcheries every year.

    Learn more... VIDEO: Quilcene NFH steelhead emerging from eggs.
  • Pacific Lamprey

    Pacific lamprey adult

    This fascinating prehistoric fish is in substantial decline in recent decades due to passage barriers, poor water quality, and more. The native Pacific Lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus), like salmon, migrate to the ocean and then back upstream to spawn.

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  • Interior Redband Trout

    Interior redband trout

    This tough little fish survives in many habitats including desert, yet faces challenges for survival. Redband trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss spp.) are a species of concern that are now protected under a multi-state conservation agreement.

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  • Coastal Cutthroat Trout


    Coastal cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii), a species of concern, have a complex life history and need a variety of habitats to thrive. Their survival is challenged by forest management practices and estuary degradation.

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  • Bull Trout

    Bull trout

    Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) are more sensitive to increased water temperatures and poor water quality than many other salmonids, so stream and habitat restoration efforts are particularly important for this threatened species.

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  • Lake Sammamish Kokanee

    Lake Sammamish Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka) population numbers have declined rapidly over the past decade. 2012 saw exciting returns of kokanee salmon to Lake Sammamish, Washington.

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  • Freshwater Mussels

    Freshwater mussel

    Seven species of freshwater mussels inhabit the streams and lakes of the Pacific Northwest. Populations are declining due to habitat destruction and loss of host fish species. As filter feeders, freshwater mussels can both improve water quality and be used as indicators of water quality.

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Last Updated: October 9, 2014
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