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A Genetic Blueprint for Rebuilding Clayoquot Sockeye Salmon (1996-2000)

WFT worked with local partners to create a "family tree" for Clayoquot sockeye stocks, using the new tool of DNA fingerprinting.

Sockeye salmon used to be the mainstay of the fishery in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, a region nominated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The fishery collapsed in the 1970s.

If Clayoquot sockeye are to be rebuilt, managers need to understand how each stock is related to all the others. Between 1996 and 2000, WFT worked with local partners to create a "family tree" for Clayoquot sockeye stocks, using the new tool of DNA fingerprinting. The genetic relationships we discovered are now available for managers and community groups developing enhancement plans for the stocks.

The project was featured in the Pacific Canada exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium in 2001.

In partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium Foundation.

With support from MacMillan Bloedel Limited, Forest Renewal B.C. and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

 

Additional Resources:

WORLD FISH NEWS- MARCH 1999