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|Presentation Title||Ocean ecology of eulachon: developing a model for abundance|
|Presenting Author Name||Sarah Montgomery|
|Presenting Author Affiliation||University of Washington|
|Unit Meeting||Western Division/WA-BC Chapter|
|General Topic||marine ecology, eulachon|
|Type of Presentation||Oral|
Complex ecological processes determine whether and how fish species survive in the ocean. For some fishes such as the Pacific salmon, these processes are thoroughly studied and modeled. For eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus), however, these processes are more mysterious despite their trophic link to salmon and similar anadromous life history. The ocean ecology of eulachon has been identified by NOAA as a key knowledge gap and research priority for the declining species, which is listed under the Endangered Species Act as “threatened” on the west coast of the U.S. Declines in abundance are a problem because eulachon are a culturally and historically important species for Native American and First Nations people and a critical component of freshwater, estuarine, and marine food webs.