This proposal is for the genetic analysis of Chinook salmon samples collected from recreational fisheries in Northern British Columbia each season.
Genetic data have been used to estimate fishery impacts on Chinook stocks and used to manage fisheries to avoid stocks of concern. Stock definition is essential to assessing fishery impacts. Genetic data are useful for the assignment of Chinook mortalities for the purposes of specific stock management and for accounting of Nisga’a Treaty entitlements. Genetic data supplement CWT data to estimate fishery impacts on stocks of concern. The project will provide age and stock specific data for Chinook catches in NBC sport fisheries and general stock composition data for weak stock considerations and support of treaty accounting.