Development of Stikine River Coho Salmon Stock Assessment Options

The primary objective of this project is to test methodologies for enumerating three select components of the Stikine River coho population, specifically the Iskut River, Chutine River, and Katete River stocks.

The Pacific Salmon Treaty agreement requires development of new abundance-based management regimes for Stikine River coho salmon. A central requirement of an abundance-based management program is the development of defensible abundance estimates; ideally stock specific abundance and run timing. Besides being of value as indices, reliable abundance estimates for specific stocks have the potential to be used to estimate drainage-wide abundance using a genetic stock identification (GSI) ratiobased approach, once a Stikine River coho salmon baseline has been established.