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For young salmon, as they transition from the rivers and streams where they began life, the first few months in salt water are a critical period in determining whether they will make it to maturity.
Our scientists have long known that the transition from freshwater to life at sea is tough for salmon. But, they needed to understand exactly why fewer salmon are returning to the Salish Sea as adults.
So, our team set out to find out what was happening to them as juveniles.
Working with research partners in Washington State, our teams collaborated on a comprehensive five-year study of the Salish Sea ecosystem. This work revealed very clear factors contributing to the decline of Pacific salmon. And, these findings have provided us with a number of research-informed actions that can give young salmon a fighting chance to survive.
We’re pleased to share that we’re ready to launch a comprehensive network of strategies to help at risk Pacific salmon recover in the face of climate change.
Will you make a gift today to support vital habitat restoration and bring back Pacific salmon?
Recovery work is essential as Chinook, Coho, and steelhead in the Salish Sea are struggling. Some populations have dropped by 90%, threatening salmon-dependent economies, First Nations cultural traditions, and the entire ecosystem.