This project is providing
important information about the wild production of Chinook salmon
in the Salmon River.
projectsconducted around the Basin by agencies, universites
and other partners are documenting wild reproduction of salmon
and trout, and providing managers with other scientific knowledge
needed to effectively manage this highly-valued diverse fishery.
Reproduction of Chinook Salmon in the Salmon River, NY
Dustin W. Everitt
up in rural Michigan, I spent many hours on secluded rivers
and streams fishing for trout and salmon. Wanting to know more
about fish, their ecology and biology, I sought an education
in natural sciences.
I recently completed my Bachelors of Science degree in Fisheries Management
in May of 2004. While at Lake
Superior State University, I was involved with
many fisheries related projects including work with Atlantic salmon
Aquatic Research Lab, and grant funded research
with hybrid Pacific salmon.
working on my masters atSUNY-ESF,
my research focuses on adult Chinook salmon ecology in the Salmon River. More
specifically, I am interested in Chinook spawning locations, redd habitat characteristics,
and carcass abundance
on the main stem of the Salmon River.
Large-scale introductions of Chinook
salmon into the Salmon
River began in the late 1960s.Throughout the 1970s and 80s Chinook stocking
continued to create an impressive put and take fishery, however, natural
limited. In 1996, the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commision mandated minimum year-round base flows for the Lighthouse
Hill Dam in Altmar, NY, creating more favorable conditions for salmonid
Today, the Salmon River is arguably the most heavily fished
tributary to Lake Ontario. Each year,
60,000 anglers spend nearly 16 million dollars in the Salmon River valley
during pursuit of salmonids (1996 NYSDEC Creel Census). Because of the Salmon
Rivers huge economic and recreational importance, it is vital to understand
how changes of the base
flows have affected Chinook population dynamics and natural reproduction.
Results from this research may be able to assist the NYSDEC
in understanding the extent of natural reproduction of Chinooks, as well as
provide insight on ways to increase natural recruitment.