CHIN4.1: Build understanding of interactions that affect how Chinook populations perform
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Regional Priority Approach Description
Approach - Emphasize funding support for efforts that build our understanding of ecological interactions that likely influence how Puget Sound Chinook populations perform.
Desired Outcome - Scope and thoroughness of assessments and research on forage fish spawning, rearing habitats and requirements increased. Relationship between southern resident killer whale recovery and salmon recovery as prey better understood.
Policy Needs - N/A
Example Actions - Continue to support study of Salish Sea food web dynamics - including zooplankton monitoring, modeling and investigating Chinook predator / prey relationships. Support Partnership work with the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program to respond to the JLARC recommendation to improve the Sound-wide monitoring program.
Proposal Guidance - Include impacts of climate change such as sea level rise on forage fish spawning habitat and other food web dynamics. Include tracking trends in timing and species assemblages of zooplankton, such as cold-water, lipid-rich copepods vs. warm-water, low-lipid copepods. Tie all forage fish assessment and research work to the on-going work of the Federal Action Task Force to develop a science and monitoring program for Puget Sound.
Local Context - Local context provides additional specificity on how a Regional Priority approach should be implemented in each local area; examples include sequencing, partners to consider, and critical areas. Local context for this Regional Priority approach is available here.