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Fish Health Program

Ken Lujan, a Service Microbiologist, conducts a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect levels of Renibacterium salmoninarum. The bacterium causes Bacterial Kidney Disease in Pacific salmon. (Credit: USFWS)

Ken Lujan, a Service Microbiologist, conducts a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect levels of Renibacterium salmoninarum. The bacterium causes Bacterial Kidney Disease in Pacific salmon. (Credit: USFWS)


The veterinarians and biologists of the Pacific Region Fish Heath Program protect the health of salmon on Service and many tribal fish hatcheries, and also work to detect and mitigate disease problems in fish populations living in the wild. Historically the Pacific Region operated three Regional Fish Health Centers, but in 2017 the laboratory functions of these Centers were consolidated and collectively renamed the “Pacific Region Fish Health Program.” The program is managed by Dr. Andrew E. Goodwin.

Last Updated: October 9, 2014
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