The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout


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Thomas Quinn

328 pages, 64 in color

Published by American Fisheries Society in association with University of Washington Press, February 2005


Few subjects have generated as much emotional dialogue around conflicting scientific and policy agendas as the protection and management of Pacific salmon resources. In this major new work, Thomas Quinn distills from the vast scientific literature the essential information on the behavior and ecology of Pacific salmon, including steelhead and cutthroat trout. Unlike other books that examine only selected life stages, habitats, or species, this book—richly illustrated with beautiful photographs and original drawings—thoroughly covers the complete life cycle, emphasizing common themes and differences among the various species of salmon.

Representing the range of species and geographic regions, the book includes examples from classic studies by pioneers of salmon biology and from the most current research to illustrate the important features of salmon life history and behavior and the complex physical, biological, and human factors that affect them. Table of Contents


1 Introduction

2 Homeward Migration of Adults on the Open Ocean

3 Migrations in Coastal and Estuarine Waters

4 Upriver Migration and Energetics

5 Homing and Patterns of Straying

6 Mating System and Reproductive Success

7 The Ecology of Dead Salmon

8 Incubation Rate and Mortality of Embryos

9 Alevin Movements, Emergence, and Fry Migrations

10 Sockeye Salmon and Trout in Lakes

11 Juvenile Salmonids in Streams

12 Downstream Migration: To Sea or Not to Sea?

13 Estuarine Residence and Migration

14 Marine Migration Patterns

15 Survival in the Marine Environment

16 Feeding and Growth at Sea

17 Age and Size at Maturity

18 The Evolution and Structure of Salmon Populations

19 The Abundance and Diversity of Pacific Salmon: Past, Present, and Future

References Cited Index