Dr. Dan Stich, Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, recently published an article entitled “Assessment of Early Migration Dynamics of River-Specific Hatchery Atlantic Salmon Smolts”. It was published in the October 2017 issue of Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.
Stich was a co-author on the paper, with collaborators from NOAA Fisheries in Massachusetts and Maine. The study quantified survival and migratory behavior of Atlantic salmon through one of the most dynamic estuaries in the United States. Estuary transition is a period of high mortality for these fish, and the group related this mortality to various influences, including changes in temperature and coastal habitats. This work underscores obstacles to recovery of this species in the United States, and provides insight for those populations in the southern range of the species that will soon face similar challenges.