Salmon Coast and our partners support a variety of other conservation-based projects and monitoring programs throughout the year. Read below to learn about current research and projects happening at Salmon Coast!
State of the Salmon Population Analyses:
In 2018, Salmon Coast will be pursuing an exciting new project, funded in part by the Canada Summer Jobs program and the North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association (NIMMSA). Salmon Coast researchers will be pursuing salmon population analyses for Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Area 12, investigating important questions related to the viability of local populations related to regional and historical trends and return patterns.
Cetacean Sightings and Identification Photography:
Station users record all marine mammal sightings in our database, including opportunistic sightings while performing other research and data collected during surveys with high school and college students. All data is shared with the BC Cetacean Sightings Network. In 2017, Salmon Coast was one of the top 3 contributors to the BC Cetacean Sightings Network. We also send identification photos to local researchers for ID, enriching local knowledge on the behaviour and range of these fascinating animals.
This project would not be possible without the shared expertise of the Marine Education and Research Society (MERS), and we are grateful for this collaboration.
Mini Humps – Unique Land-Locked Sockeye:
In 2015, the Catch-Clip-Release project helped identify a unique population of kokanee salmon – land-locked sockeye – in a heavily logged watershed on Gilford Island. In 2016, we collaborated with the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and DFO to: (i) complete research on the characteristics of the newly identified kokanee population, (ii) investigate the watershed’s current characteristics and industrial logging history in relation to the kokanee population’s evolutionary origins, and (iii) examine genetic relatedness between these kokanee and nearby ocean-run sockeye populations, some of which are understudied and will be sampled, analysed, and added to the genetic baseline.
This initiative was led by Mack Bartlett, and were published in his MSc thesis. Results from this research will inform discussions on how to explore research directions and sampling of other understudied salmon populations.