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Fisheries & Biodiversity

Fishing and utilizing the marine waters for sustenance has a long history along the coast of Washington, Oregon and Northern California., and within the inland marine waters of the Salish Sea. Coastal and Salish Sea native tribes in the region relied on fish and shellfish for food since their beginnings. In the early 1800’s commercial salmon fishing by non-natives began on the Columbia River. The early economies of Oregon, Washington, and N. California were built on fishing, along with logging and farming, which continues to be important industries to this day. Natives and non-natives alike view fish and fishing as a cultural identity, economic necessity, and most recently part of an environmental system that needs conserving. Tribal and state governments now work together to monitor the recruitment, return and harvest of salmon and shellfish.

Areas of Emphasis

Related Topics

Harmful Algal Blooms

Ocean Acidification

Coastal and Estuarine Hypoxia

Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning

Related NANOOS Products

Forecast Information and Data Products for Fishers

Information and data products oriented towards commercial and recreational albacore tuna fishing communities.

Puget Sound Networked Profiling Buoy

Data from a profiling buoy located at Point Wells (north of Seattle). The sensor package measures a depth profile of oceanographic variables every hour from the sea surface to the sea bed.

Puget Sound ORCA

Oceanic Remote Chemical Analyzer (ORCA) measures physical, chemical, and biological water characteristics in Hood Canal.

Water Quality Data for Shellfish Growers

Real-time Water Quality Data for Shellfish Growers. A pilot project between NANOOS and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

CMOP/NANOOS Phoebe Glider (Quinault) Transect

Research mission is to support sustained characterization of events and gradient regions in the Washington shelf, with focus on the Grays Harbor line, and help enhance models.

NANOOS members involved in this effort include:

Regional Coastal Observing Systems



Central and Northern California

Great Lakes

Gulf of Mexico

Pacific Islands


Northeast Atlantic

Pacific Northwest

Southern California

Southeast Atlantic