Where Have All Our Salmon Gone? SalmonAtion
As Kwiaht's salmon food web monitoring program enters its 10th year, climate change tops the agenda. Warming seas have been accompanied by declining numbers of juvenile wild Chinook salmon visiting the islands. Warming also affects the preferred prey of juvenile Chinook: Pacific Herring and Pacific Sand Lance. Herring appear to be thriving but they spawning farther north in the Salish Sea. Sand Lance have declined, for reasons that remain unclear. Reduced numbers of Sand Lance are also having an adverse impact on seabirds, including Marbled Murrelets, Tufted Puffins and Rhinoceros Auklets. And while Chum and Pink salmon continue to visit the islands on their outbound migration in normal numbers, they are arriving earlier, staying longer, and rely on prey such as larval crabs and krill that may be next to succumb to warming waters. What is the future of island salmon fishing? Will the winter Blackmouth fishery disappear? Are Southern Resident Killer Whales doomed? Is there anything we can do to help Pacific Sand Lance make a comeback? Did the great Atlantic salmon escape in August make a difference?
Join Russel Barsh and Kwiaht's Lopez Island salmon team for a slideshow presentation with many questions, some answers, served with great food, Lopez Island Vineyards wine, and good company! A light buffet will be provided after the slideshow, with Lopez Island Vineyards wine.