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Dramatic decline in genetic diversity of Northwest salmon charted

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

chinook salmon wa dept fish wildlife

PULLMAN, Wash. – Columbia River Chinook salmon have lost as much as two-thirds of their genetic diversity, Washington State University researchers have found. » More …

Probiotic toxin fights coldwater disease in rainbow trout

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications

tail-lesion-230PULLMAN, Wash. – The rainbow trout is a work of art and diner’s delight. But when the freshwater fish falls prey to coldwater disease, its colorful body erodes into ragged wounds and ulcers. The bacterial infection can kill up to 30 percent of hatchery stock and costs millions of dollars in economic loss. » More …

Professor’s fisheries management work improves conservation and economies

One of the greatest traditions of the land-grant university is its mandate to give back to society. Serving that tradition well is Scott Matulich, professor, School of Economic Sciences, who has been at WSU since 1976. Over the last decade, Matulich’s research has focused on redesigning the management policies in the largest U.S. fisheries off the coast of Alaska. His efforts have changed conventional economic wisdom and resulted in two national fisheries policies, each providing a substantial impact on marine ecosystems, fisheries conservation and the economies of Washington and Alaska. Because of his success, Matulich is the 2005 recipient of the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award … » More …