Our Team

With 20 years of experience in fisheries consulting, our organization is made up of dedicated employees committed to providing clients with accurate results obtained safely and effectively.

While staffing is project-based, we typically employ 15-20 field technicians annually. All vessel captains complete an extensive 2-year training program within our organization before managing field crews.

Tyson JeraldOwner and Fisheries Biologist Tyson Jerald (M.S. Biology) founded the company in 1997 to fill a need for fisheries field data collection in the Mid-Columbia. Jerald started the company with the goal of providing professional field data collection at reasonable rates to Mid-Columbia Public Utility Districts. He has over 20 years of experience collecting and sampling native fish species on the Columbia River. He received an MS in Biology with an emphasis in Ichthyology from Central Washington University. He also possesses a BS in Wildlife Biology from Washington State University.

Jerald has spent extensive time sampling, tagging and analyzing white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) in the Mid-Columbia. Over the past 2 years, his focus has been on  collecting juvenile white sturgeon within Rocky Reach Reservoir to determine size structure, survival rates, abundance, density, condition factor, growth rates, and to identify distribution and habitat selection. For over 20 years, Jerald has managed multiple projects involving the collection of northern pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus oregonensis) in the Mid-Columbia. Recent studies include the capture and analysis of burbot (Lota lota) within Wells Reservoir. Additionally, Jerald manages a program involving the hazing of piscivorous birds at Wells hatchery to deter predation activities on juvenile salmonids.

Quality field collection and data analysis

Columbia Research Specialists, LLC has a background in collaborating with local agencies relating to fish research in the Mid-Columbia. We provide skilled crews operating multiple research vessels to fulfill your project requirements. Our goal is to provide you with safe and dependable service to meet the data collection needs of your organization.

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211 San Remo Lane, Chelan, WA 98816

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