In July the SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division hosted the organizational meeting of a scientific working group to consider the possible causes of decline of salmon stocks in the Sacramento River, and perhaps more broadly along the west coast. The working group, jointly organized by Churchill Grimes (SWFSC) and John Stein (NWFSC) at the request of Pacific Fishery Management Council, consists of approximately 20 scientists from NMFS, other federal and state agencies, and academic institutions.
The first meeting featured background presentations and extensive discussion on a range of topics including:
- life history
- population dynamics
- fishery and population status and trends
- trends in environmental conditions and results from ongoing migration and mortality studies in the Sacramento River and delta
- region-wide trends in climate and hydrology
- ongoing ocean climate and ecosystem studies
- conventional salmon ocean harvest management and efforts to incorporate ocean environmental effects
The working group was divided into sub-teams for assembly and analysis of data and writing the final report which will be delivered to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council in March 2009.
(August 4, 2008)