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The success of salmon management and recovery efforts in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) is shaped by many variables, including the effects of climate variability and change on the region's climate, hydrology, and salmonid species.

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) at the University of Washington invited resource managers from U.S. and Canadian resource management agencies and other interested parties to participate in a one day workshop on the impacts of climate variability and change on salmon management and recovery in Puget Sound, Georgia Basin, and coastal watersheds (final participant list).


The meeting focused on integrated climate/salmonid ecology and the connection to management and policy in:

  • Short-term harvest, allocation, and hatchery production and operations decisions, and
  • Long-term recovery planning activities.

Major objectives of the meeting included:

  • Sharing what is known (and not known) about climate impacts on PNW climate, hydrology, and salmonid species,
  • Identifying how information on climate impacts is being (or can be brought) into salmon management activities and decision-making processes, and
  • Identifying research needs that could support the use of climate information in salmon management and policy development.







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A similar meeting was held on September 21, 2004 in Portland for salmon in the Columbia River Basin. More information on the Columbia River Basin meeting is available here.


The final agenda for the meeting is available here.

Advisory Committee

Guidance on planning the CIG's climate/salmon meeting was provided by numerous individuals around the region. A list of advisory committee members is available here.

Other Meetings of Note

Puget Sound Georgia Basin Research Conference,
March 29-March 31, 2005

The Puget Sound Action Team and Georgia Basin Action Plan partners encourage you to mark your calendars for the 2005 Puget Sound Georgia Basin Research Conference, Tuesday, March 29, through Thursday, March 31, 2005 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in downtown Seattle.

This transboundary and international event will build on the highly successful 2003 Research Conference and the five previous Puget Sound Research Conferences supported by the Puget Sound Action Team and its partners. The event will draw scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community leaders, policy makers, educators and students together to share science and information about the condition and management of the shared Puget Sound Georgia Basin region.


For more information, please contact:
Lara Whitely Binder, CIG