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TitleIdentification of multiple genetically distinct populations of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in a small coastal watershed
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsDavis, Chante D., John Carlos Garza, and Michael A. Banks
JournalEnvironmental Biology of Fishes
Call NumberOSU Libraries: Electronic Subscription, Digital Open Access
KeywordsSiletz River, Chinook salmon = Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, genetics, life history information, population biology,
NotesWhile local residents are aware of the spring run of Chinook salmon on the Siletz River, this run is not extensively noted in the literature. In this article, researchers examined Chinook salmon from the Siletz River Basin. Using three different kinds of genetic markers, they identified two distinctly different populations, “early returning fish that spawn above a waterfall, a spring-run population, and later returning fish spawning below the waterfall, a fall-run population” (from the Abstract). The authors point out that even small basins like the Siletz can host different fish populations, and more attention should be paid to smaller watersheds in order to improve conservation. This is an open-access publication.