A group of whale watchers observe a humpback whale breaching in the Salish Sea. (Shalu Mehta/Black Press)

A group of whale watchers observe a humpback whale breaching in the Salish Sea. (Shalu Mehta/Black Press)

Presentation on the Salish Sea comes to Parksville

Will look into primary factors affecting salmon and steelhead survival in the Salish Sea

A presentation on the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, which showcases new data which aims to help improve future fishery management policy and restore the economic and cultural benefits to communities surrounding the Salish Sea, is coming to Parksville.

Since its launch in 2012, the project has brought together multidisciplinary international expertise from over 60 federal and provincial agencies, Indigenous communities, academics, and non-profit organizations. The project’s integrated, ecosystem-based research framework incorporates coordinated data collection and standardization, information sharing, and international collaboration to better understand population dynamics within the Salish Sea ecosystem, improve forecasting and management and aid recovery. Specifically, it looks into factors affecting salmon and steelhead survival.

READ MORE: Support for Salish Sea as UNESCO site grows

Dr. Isobel Pearsall, Project Coordinator for the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salish Sea Marine Survival Project and Manager of the Strait of Georgia Data Centre, will be presenting an overview of the project at November’s Arrowsmith Naturalists’ meeting.

The meeting is at St. Edmund’s Church Hall, 407 Wembley Road in Parksville on Nov. 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation will be 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

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