Coordinated by the University of Victoria, PSF is supporting the Adult Diet Program as a sub-initiative of the Bottleneck to Survival Program (link to landing page). This study addresses two key research gaps: adult salmon diets and winter diets. Volunteer recreational anglers fish for Coho and Chinook year-round. Scientists collect the stomach contents for analysis.
The main objectives are to develop a cost-effective long-term method for monitoring the Salish Sea ecosystem that identifies changes in Chinook and Coho Salmon diets by season and location. The diet contents could also help us better understand the abundance of small forage fish as they are a main prey item for adult salmon. Findings could mean better management and protection for certain forage fish stocks and spawning habitats.