Effects of early marine growth on adult Fraser sockeye salmon returns

It is becoming increasingly apparent that we need to take into consideration the ocean conditions that salmon encounter during their marine life to establish effective management and conservation strategies for Pacific salmon stocks. Our goal is to examine early marine growth as a mechanism controlling marine survival of Fraser sockeye salmon. By developing leading indicators of salmon survival that consider short-term changes in ocean conditions and incorporating these indicators into the annual assessment of Fraser sockeye salmon, such as the current forecasting models used by DFO Fisheries Management, this project is designed to provide improved information for the management of Fraser sockeye salmon stocks.