Southern BC and Puget Sound chum salmon microsatellite baseline

The entire Pacific Rim baseline is based upon 14 microsatellites. Staff in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory in Nanaimo have identified up to 15 additional microsatellites that are of value in providing greater resolution between Washington-based chum salmon populations and those in southern BC. Preliminary analysis of the microsatellite variation has indicated that improved resolution of stock composition should be available with the 29-microsatellite baseline. The current project proposes that populations be surveyed in both southern BC and Washington such that a practical baseline is available for mixed-stock applications.