The Salmon Assessment Team supports the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) through participation in the PFMC's Salmon Technical Team and the Klamath Fishery Management Council (KFMC) through participation in the KFMC's Klamath River Technical Advisory Team.
Specific goals include:
- to develop methods for modeling population viability and metapopulation dynamics for use in ESA assessments
- to provide salmon harvest management guidance, through modeling and focused biological studies, to the Councils, SWR, and other appropriate groups
Harvest issues and council support
The Team contributes directly to ocean salmon fishery management by:
- conducting research on the models and estimation methods used by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and other entities to manage California's ocean salmon harvest;
- providing scientific guidance to SWR Sustainable Fisheries on the development of Biological Opinions and NMFS harvest jeopardy standards for ESA-listed stocks; and
- serving on the PFMC's Salmon Technical Team and the Klamath Fishery Management Council's (KFMC) Klamath River Technical Advisory Team.
Recent contributions in these areas include:
- Harvest Rate Model for Klamath River fall chinook salmon
- Klamath River Ocean Harvest Model
- California Coastal chinook ocean harvest jeopardy standard
- Hook-and-release mortality in California's ocean recreational fishery
- Direct Council participation