Project: Chinook salmon smolt movement

 


Introduction:

Anadromous salmonids hatch from eggs spawned in freshwater streams and rivers where they develop into free-swimming fry or larvae and eventually into the freshwater resident parr life history stage.  In preparation for migration into the seawater ocean environment, these fishes undergo a complex suite of morphological, physiological, and behavioral changes.  This period is called the parr-smolt transformation or smoltification and is a critical stage in salmonid development.  As smolts, the juvenile salmon migrate into the estuary and eventually into the ocean.  The behavior and movements of these fishes during this period is not well understood; however, advances in telemetry technology are now allowing researchers to investigate these questions.  

The Biotelemetry Lab is actively pursuing two projects related to Chinook salmon smolts.  Please click the links below for further details about these studies:

Survival and migratory pathways of smolts in the San Francisco Bay Estuary

Timing of the smolt migration and residence patterns in the San Francisco Bay Estuary

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