Salmonid Restoration Federation
31 March - 3 April, 2020
Santa Cruz, California

Seascape Ecology: Growth, Survival, and Foraging in the California Current

03 April 2020
Session Coordinators: 
Cynthia Le Doux-Bloom, Humboldt State University, Department of Fisheries Biology
Nate Mantua, NOAA, Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Although many factors may be responsible for the declines in anadromous salmonid populations, this circumstance is commonly linked to the oceanic and estuarine conditions present during the smolt life cycle phase, which remains unstudied compared to riverine life phases. Upon saltwater entry, salmonids display a wide range of growth and survival rates and display a variety of movement and migratory behaviors, both tied to ocean and estuary productivity which influences the foraging conditions these  individuals encounter across space and time.
These sessions will feature innovative and novel studies focused on understanding the ocean and estuary life cycle phase of Pacific salmonids, including: (1). An Overview of Seascape Ecology and Current Events; (2). Movement and Migration; (3). Survival and Growth; and (4). Foraging Conditions influenced by the California Current.
Can We Use an Ocean Productivity Model to Estimate Juvenile Salmon Early Ocean Survival?
Mark Henderson, PhD, U.S.G.S. California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Humboldt State University, Department of Fisheries Biology
Epipelagic Community Seascapes: Assessing and Predicting Species Composition in the Northern California Current
Caren Barcelo, University of California, Davis
The California Current Seascape Influences Juvenile Salmon Foraging Ecology at Multiple Scales
Megan Sabal, University of California Santa Cruz
Interactions between Environment, Forage Availability, and Predation on Salmon in the Central California Current
Brian Wells, PhD, NOAA Fisheries
Climate-related Variability in Zooplankton Indicators of Ecosystem Status in Coastal Waters off Northern California
Eric Bjorkstedt, PhD, NOAA Fisheries and Humboldt State University
Juvenile Salmon Distribution and Abundance in Tidal Marsh Habitats of the San Francisco Estuary
Jason Hassrick, Ph.D., ICF Fish and Aquatic Science
Monitoring Juvenile Chinook Salmon Distribution and Habitat Use in the San Francisco Estuary Using Environmental DNA (eDNA)
Thiago Sanches, UC Davis

Sea Surface Temperature map of the California Coast