NPAFC Workshop to Focus on Climate Change’s Impact on Salmon, Trout

Image: North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission.

A two-day workshop planned for June 4-5 in Vancouver, British Columbia by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC), is to focus on abundance and distribution trends of Pacific salmon and steelhead trout in a changing North Pacific Ocean.

The workshop was announced Nov. 30. Its objectives include a range of topics, from improving knowledge of the migration, growth and survival of salmon and their environments, to discussing application of new and development technologies and analytical methods to research and manage salmon.

NPAFC has embarked on a new Science Plan to build on the previous international cooperative research that was conducted within the International Year of the Salmon (IYS). NPAFC officials said that the primary goal of the 2023-2027 Science Plan is to establish a research framework to develop a mechanistic understanding of the impact of changing climate on salmon abundance and distribution trends in the North Pacific Ocean.

The science committee overseeing preparations for the event include representatives of the five member nations of NPAFC and chairperson Ed Farley of NOAA Fisheries’ Auk Bay Laboratory in Southeast Alaska.