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Proceedings 2012/042

Regional Science Advisory Workshop on the Development of Guidelines for Integration of Wild Salmon Policy Biological Status Indicators (Strategy 1) and their Application to Fraser River Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Conservation Units; November 14-16, 2011

Chairperson: M. Joyce
Editors: G. Pestal and S. Grant


These Proceedings summarize the discussions and key conclusions that resulted from a Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) Regional Advisory meeting conducted on Nov 14-16, 2011, at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, B.C. The workshop explored approaches for integrating status information for conservation units (CU) of Pacific salmon, using 24 Fraser River Sockeye CUs as case studies.

Participants were invited based on their experience with different aspects of salmon assessment and included DFO staff from Science and Fisheries Management sectors and external participants from First Nations organizations, the commercial and recreational fishing sectors, environmental non-governmental organizations, and academia. Participants were offered a pre-workshop interview to review the data summary layout and meeting outline, and to provide feedback to organizers.

At the workshop, through a combination of small-group discussions and plenary debate, participants developed integrated status (which included one to two WSP status zones) for 22 out of the 24 Fraser Sockeye CUs, status commentaries for each CU, and documented their decision process.

These Proceedings outline the structure of the workshop and summarize general discussions related to the process. These proceedings also include the results of breakout group evaluations, the final status table developed through plenary discussion and key recommendations for future work. Note that results presented in these proceedings are a raw reproduction of the commentary developed through plenary discussion, and were not edited for style or clarity. A complete set of the materials presented at the workshop (e.g. status information by CU) and worked-up results from the workshop (e.g. status commentary for each CU) have been compiled and summarized in the Research Document associated with this Regional Peer Review meeting (Grant and Pestal 2012). Recommendations resulting from the meeting are documented the Science Advisory report resulting from the meeting (DFO 2012).

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