Resource: Proceedings of Salmon and Nutrients: a seminar on science and policy, December 8, 2008
Authors / Publisher: Pat Gallaugher, Stina Hanson and Laurie Wood, Continuing Studies in Science, SFU and Watershed Watch Salmon Society
Date: June 2009
The objectives of this seminar were to examine potential influences of salmon nutrients on their ecosystems and to identify the role of the Wild Salmon Policy in delivering sufficient marine-derived salmon nutrients to freshwater and riparian ecosystems. Every year, spawning Pacific salmon deliver large quantities of nutrients to freshwater and riparian ecosystems. Current research has shown that the influence of these nutrient subsidies on ecosystems is variable, making it difficult to quantify the value of salmon nutrients to their ecosystems. One of the objectives of the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Wild Salmon Policy is to include ecosystem values, such as marine-derived salmon nutrient subsidies, in the management of Pacific salmon; however, DFO recognizes the challenges in translating ecosystem values in management initiatives. This seminar and dialogue examined the current research on salmon nutrient contributions to ecosystems with a focus on using this information to advance the implementation of Strategy 3: Inclusion of Ecosystem Values and Monitoring of the Wild Salmon Policy.