Session Description:The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: Phytoplankton and zooplankton
SPECIES 7: The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: Phytoplankton and Zooplankton
Over the past 30‐40 years, marine survival of Chinook, coho, and steelhead populations in the Salish Sea has declined precipitously, and total abundance today remains well below 1970s‐1980s abundances. Historically, our understanding of what drives salmon and steelhead survival in saltwater has been limited. In response to this need, Long Live the Kings (U.S.) and the Pacific Salmon Foundation (Canada) developed a comprehensive transboundary approach to determine the primary factors affecting salmon and steelhead survival in the Salish Sea.
The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project (SSMSP; www.marinesurvivalproject.org) brings together multidisciplinary international expertise from over 60 U.S. and Canadian agencies, Tribes and First Nations, academia, and non-profit organizations. The project’s integrated, ecosystem‐based research framework incorporates coordinated data collection and standardization, information sharing, and international collaboration to better understand population dynamics within the Salish Sea ecosystem, improve forecasting and management, and aid recovery. The research phase of the Project is 2014‐2018; it culminates with a focus on converting research results into conclusions and management actions.
This session focused on the biological oceanography, phytoplankton, and zooplankton that determines the annual production of dietary items for juvenile salmon. Annual variation in environmental conditions is a strong determinate of the survival and growth of these juveniles in the Salish Sea.
Biological oceanography, Juvenile salmon diet
SSE11: Species and Food Webs
SSE11: Session Description
6-4-2018 12:00 AM
6-4-2018 12:00 AM
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Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)
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The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: Phytoplankton and Zooplankton