New information about juvenile salmon distribution after ocean entry

February 3, 2016

A new paper by Hassrick et al. in the journal Fisheries Oceanography investigates what influences the distribution and abundance of juvenile Chinook salmon in California when they enter the ocean.  Results show that they remain near shore and the mouth of their natal river for months after emerging into the ocean.  The limited dispersal of the juvenile salmon was not correlated with high concentrations of prey (krill) and suggests that local ocean conditions are important for early ocean survival.