What We Do
Our work falls under three distinct categories:
Genetics has become indispensable for the conservation of fish and wildlife because it provides information and tools that can guide management. The FWS and its partners routinely use genetic information in the decision making process. Questions frequently posed to Abernathy FTC staff include: What species is this? What population did this individual come from? What are the genetic risks or benefits of changing hatchery protocols? How divergent is this population? Where are boundaries between populations of this species? How genetically healthy is this population or species? How can genetics help me? What does this genetic study mean?
Nutrition & Physiology
Abernathy FTC provides information and tools to inform the rearing of Pacific salmon and steelhead in the Pacific and Pacific Southwest Regions. We provide fish nutrition related data and methods and protocols to our regional hatcheries. We also give assistance to tribal and state hatcheries and national hatcheries in other regions. Another critical area that requires nutrition input is the raising of threatened and endangered (T&E) aquatic species in refugia. Often little to nothing is known about these species' nutritional requirements. Questions arising from nutritional issues include: Is the quality of the feed good and good for the fish? What do these results mean? How do we determine what to feed fish or other aquatic animals we've brought into refugia? How can I feed this fish for the best result? Preparing for the future, are these alternative ingredients appropriate for Pacific salmon and steelhead? How do feeds impact water quality and how can we mitigate for phosphorous and solids loss in hatchery effluent?
Quantitative Ecology & Technology
The QET program conducts research to support conservation and management of aquatic resources. In practice, program activities and interests are driven by management questions whose answers require interdisciplinary research and collaboration and utilize a variety of ecological and modeling data. Recent and current projects deal with many of the key issues in fishery conservation, such as the role of hatcheries in conservation and differences between wild and hatchery salmon, habitat fragmentation and, managing impacts of , and effects of on aquatic species and facilities. Examples of recent project topics include: What are the differences between Pacific salmon reared in a hatchery vs. in the wild? What can be done to limit ecological damage from non-native species? How will climate change affect fish populations and how we manage them? Do water-saving aquaculture systems produce fish that migrate and survive similar to traditional hatchery systems? How can remote sensing technologies be used to help study aquatic species and their habitats?
Our Projects and Research
Here's a link to our Library Collection to view all projects and research.