Whatever you do, don’t call it an eel

Lamprey Pacific

It’s the Pacific Lamprey, your ancient underwater neighbor just trying to filter feed and navigate through Oregon’s waters like its ancestors for the last 450 million years.

Pacific Lampreys spawn in habitat similar to that of salmon: gravel bottomed streams at the upstream end of riffle habitat. 

These vertebrate fish may have a face that only our Fish Passage Coordinator, Allen Gillette could love, but they play a vital role in our ecological system.

Learn about the steps we’re taking to ensure passage for these prehistoric fish including adjustments to culverts that run beneath our roads. Well maintained culverts are good for lampreys and good for preserving our existing transportation assets – the highways and bridges we all depend on. 

Allen Gillette
Fish Passage Coordinator Allen Gillette