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. .