To effectively conserve and recover the region’s wild-fish ecosystems, we must first know and understand current fish species composition and distribution – that is, what fish are using which habitats. These fundamental data are critical to influencing successful strategies for conserving wild-fish ecosystems. A critical goal of Wild Fish Conservancy science programs is ecosystem protection, preventing the loss and damage of currently functioning wild-fish habitats.
Wild Fish Conservancy bases its ecosystem protection advocacy in large part on primary field data derived from water-typing surveys, the mapping of fish presence and habitat characteristics to correct the misclassification of fish-bearing stream reaches.
Read reports and view interactive maps from Wild Fish Conservancy water-typing projects.
The Future of the Columbia River Ecosystem
The future of the Columbia River ecosystem and it's salmonid populations looks unnerving at best. A report published by the Independent Science Advisory Board in May 2007 examines the effects global climate changes will have on the Columbia River basin. Click here to read the ISAB Report on Climate Change Impacts on Columbia River Fish and Wild.