Climate Effects On Pacific Salmon In The Ocean: Creating A Canadian Focus

The North Pacific Ocean is a vast ecosystem that changes not only with seasonal cycles, but also over decades and centuries. Ecosystem changes at this oceanic scale affect Canadian salmon populations, which spend most of their lives in the marine environment. Given that the effects of global warming, successful stewardship of Canadian Pacific Salmon will depend on better understanding how changes in climate affect the North Pacific environment. Creating a Canadian research group to deepen our understanding of how climate affects salmon in the North Pacific would best foster this kind of successful stewardship.