MISSION: To provide students with the knowledge, skills and motivation required to ensure the conservation of fish and aquatic resources.


Humboldt State University offers outstanding undergraduate and graduate (MS) programs in Fisheries Biology and we hope that our web pages will provide you with a good idea of what our programs offer. Here are just a few of the many reasons to consider HSU for your Fisheries Biology education.

Hands-On, Field-Oriented Program

class with fish netFew, if any, academic programs provide such a strong interplay between classroom theory and field laboratory practice.

Outstanding Instruction

Faculty at HSU are dedicated to instruction of undergraduates. Members of the Fisheries Biology faculty have received numerous awards for excellence of instruction.

Spectacular Natural Setting and Wide Variety of Aquatic Resources and Habitats

Photo - California north coast

The Pacific Ocean, Humboldt Bay, coastal lagoons, major coastal rivers, commercial fishing fleets, commercial aquaculture, and spectacular redwood forests are all just minutes away.

Modern Facilities

The Wildlife and Fisheries Building was renovated in 1999 providing up-to-date facilities. On-campus salmonid fish hatchery, a marine laboratory, a wastewater aquaculture facility, and a 90' ocean-going vessel are integral features of our instructional program.


We thank Ron Warner, Trinidad, CA (HSU Fisheries, 1967) and Chris Dewees (MS Fisheries, HSU 1970, deweesnaturedesigns@cal.net) for permission to use their fine gyotaku fish prints on our web pages.