Freshwater nursery ecosystem linkages to juvenile Fraser River sockeye salmon condition

The condition of juvenile salmon and their out-migration timing from Fraser River nursery lakes is likely to be an important predictor of future survival in the post-lake environment. We propose to examine several condition metrics including size, condition factor, energetic status (lipids, storage lipids), osmoregulatory preparedness, and pathogen loads among smolts leaving Chilko, Cultus, Chilliwack, and Shuswap lakes.