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Port Gamble S’Klallam

FY15 Project

Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet Nearshore Assessment with a focus on Hood Canal Bridge Fish Distribution– Year 6

Project Summary

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will continue their work within the Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet marine and nearshore systems .  This year’s project phase will focus on near field fish behavior associated with the Hood Canal Bridge and how it relates to steelhead smolts, other juvenile salmonids, and forage fish.  The goals of the projects are to map fish distribution and density within the vicinity of the Hood Canal Bridge. This project is part of a broader undertaking to understand the fish passage impacts associated with the Hood Canal Bridge.

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FY14 Project
Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet Nearshore Assessment – Year 5 & Salish Sea Marine Survival Support Project

Project Summary
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will engage in two projects: 1) conducting a cumulative review of data collected during the past four years of intensive fish capture and hydroacoustic survey events in the Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet to analyze the relationship between salmonid abundance, prey resources, and water quality conditions; and 2) providing hydroacoustic support for a portion of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project: Juvenile salmon: Diagnosing Critical Growth Periods. The Tribe will conduct hydroacoustic surveys in conjunction with partner purse seining efforts to analyze site-specific timing and size class distributions of juvenile salmonids and forage fish inhabiting the nearshore, and estimate relative abundance by site and species composition.

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FY13 Project
Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet Nearshore Assessment Project – Year 4

Project Summary
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will continue to map nearshore/neritic nodal habitats, track juvenile salmonid out migration timing, and habitat utilization in relation to seawater characteristics and prey abundance within Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet. Project tasks include: (1) conducting beach seining and hydroacoustic surveys in order to provide site-specific timing and size class distributions of juvenile salmonids and forage fish inhabiting the nearshore, and estimations of relative abundance by site and species composition; (2) monitoring water quality (temperature/conductivity, pH, dissolved oxygen, and total algae) at four sites; and (3) conducting plankton tows at each water quality site monthly to determine primary productivity in relation to water quality conditions and varying spatial settings. Water quality and prey abundance data will be coupled with salmonid condition factor matrices and acoustic abundance calculations to determine whether there is a positive correlation between nearshore habitat types and population dynamics.

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FY12 Project
Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet Nearshore Assessment Project – Year 3

Project Summary
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will map nearshore nodal habitats, track juvenile salmonid out migration timing and habitat utilization in relation to seawater characteristics and prey abundance within Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet. Project tasks include: (1) continuing to conduct beach seining and hydroacoustic surveys in order to provide site-specific timing and size class distributions of juvenile salmonids and forage fish inhabiting the nearshore, and estimations of relative abundance by site and species composition; (2) deploying a conductivity, temperature, depth (CTD) buoy and collecting water quality data at four sites; and (3) conducting plankton and neuston net tows at the each buoy site monthly. Water quality and prey abundance data will be coupled with salmonid condition factor matrices and acoustic abundance calculations to determine whether there is a positive correlation between nearshore habitat types and population dynamics.

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FY11 Project
Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet Nearshore Assessment Project

Project Summary
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will continue to map nearshore nodal habitats, track juvenile salmonid out migration timing, and characterize juvenile salmonid condition factors within Hood Canal and Admiralty Inlet. Project tasks include: (1) surface trawling to capture site-specific size class distributions, juvenile salmonid condition factor, relative abundance by site, date, and species composition; (2) conducting hydroacoustic surveys in concert with the surface trawling events in order to cover significantly greater spatial areas, and collect data from multiple depths simultaneously; and (3) beach seining to allow sampling of nearshore areas that are inaccessible to either surface trawling or hydroacoustic equipment due to depth limitations.

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FY10 Project
Nearshore Early Marine Juvenile Salmonid, Forage Fish, and Marine Biodiversity Study

Project Summary
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe will document and analyze size, condition, growth factor, predation, and other constraining environmental mechanisms that affect the early marine life history of juvenile salmon and forage fish in outer Hood Canal. This project will help describe nearshore nodal habitats, track juvenile salmonid out migration timing, and characterize juvenile salmonid condition factors.

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FY08 Project
Outer Hood Canal Early Marine Juvenile Salmonid Study

Project Summary
Project will study juvenile salmon and steelhead emigrating through the nearshore areas of outer Hood Canal and Port Gamble Bay in order to document and analyze size, condition, growth factor, predation and other constraining environmental mechanisms that affect their early marine life history. The project will help describe the linkages between juvenile growth rates, condition factor and their respective adult marine survival potential. The data will help support and calibrate existing stock assessment and forecasting tools as well as help prioritize and defend associated nearshore habitat restoration projects.

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