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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is a federal agency, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It includes several line offices with distinct or overlapping missions, including:

  • National Ocean Service - manages the boats, and completes damage assessment related to oil spills and waste sites.
  • National Marine Fisheries Service - which regulates endangered species under ESA, Negotiates the harvest of fisheries, studies fisheries and their habitats, and restores habitat.
  • National Weather Service - predicts the weather.
  • National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service - Manages GPS and weather satellites
  • Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
  • Office of Program Planning and Integration - Coordinates performance across the "line offices"


NW Fisheries Science Center

The Fish Ecology Division focuses on understanding the complex ecological linkages between commercially and recreationally important marine and anadromous fishery resources of the Pacific Northwest and their habitats.

The Watershed Program conducts research on the ecology and management of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems to assist with the management and recovery of NOAA trust resources. Program scientists provide technical support to NOAA Fisheries policy makers and regulatory staff, and collaborate with other agencies, tribes, and educational institutions on research and outreach related to the management of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.).

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