Indigenous Community Partnerships towards Foundational Understanding of Wild Salmon Survival

William Atlas, William Housty, Jonathan Moore
2019 Technical Report  
Salmon are foundational to the ecological and cultural integrity of British Columbia's remote North and Central Coast (NCC). With largely intact habitats, low human population density, and provincially legislated protections under the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, this remote region supports hundreds of unique, locally adapted populations of salmon, and is critical to the long-term conservation of wild salmon in British Columbia. However, in recent years populations of sockeye salmon and
more » ... r species on the North and Central Coast have experienced decreases in abundance and productivity (Peterman and Dorner 2012), resulting in declining opportunities for sport, commercial, and First Nation's subsistence fisheries (Connors et al. in review). While declining smolt-to-adult survival has been hypothesized as a possible driver of populations declines (McKinnell et al. 2001 ), a lack of population monitoring data, and limited understanding of population dynamics currently hinders management and recovery efforts.
doi:10.23849/npafctr15/69.70. fatcat:e37vxdfzlvazpl2dsza2zf2zj4