Key Topics for Applied Scientific Research 2021-2022

Key Topics for Applied Scientific Research

Please note: Topics are not in order of priority.  Bullets under each of the key topics (o) below are suggested examples only.

  • How do freshwater ecosystems (e.g. temperature, hydrology, biological interactions, land-use practices) influence wild Atlantic salmon populations?
    • What are freshwater causes of declining smolt size and/or abundance?
    • Development of a watershed-based risk assessment of forest harvesting for the protection of Atlantic salmon habitat.
    • Identify and map key habitats and risks and propose specific multi-faceted land-use management plans that protect these features.
    • Summarize forestry standards in various jurisdictions to protect salmon habitat.
  • What are the consequences of salmon aquaculture on wild Atlantic salmon in eastern Canada?
    • What is the influence of pathogens and parasites on the marine survival of wild Atlantic salmon?
    • What are the consequences of interbreeding between farmed and wild salmon on wild salmon?
  • What are the consequences of climate variability and change on wild Atlantic salmon populations?
  • How do changes in predator-prey interactions (where salmon can be either predator or prey) affect wild Atlantic salmon survival?
  • What are the impacts of interactions between invasive species and wild Atlantic salmon (e.g. smallmouth bass in the Miramichi)?
  • What are the contributions of different life-stages (e.g. mature parr, kelt) to overall population viability and what are the primary determinants of their survival?
  • What are the effects of the loss of smolt production on wild Atlantic salmon?
  • What are the effects of freshwater mitigation measures on wild Atlantic salmon?
    • Does stream restoration and/or barrier removal on wild Atlantic salmon populations positively affect wild salmon?
    • Do stocking programs improve wild Atlantic salmon populations?
  • Modelling wild Atlantic salmon populations.
  • Development of a decision-tree to guide stream restoration interventions
  • Development of a generalized watershed management plan.

 

NOTE: The following 2 topics were chosen for the RFP issued fall 2021:

  • How will climate change directly or indirectly affect the influence of existing stressors on Atlantic salmon population of Eastern Canada?
    • Developing time series data on fresh water and marinefactors likely to affect salmon productivity (e.g. discharge, temperature, etc.).
    • Undertaking climate change vulnerability assessments on wild Atlantic salmonpopulations.
    • How should government and overall management plans respond to climate change and its influence on future Atlantic salmon populations?
  • How do freshwater ecosystems (e.g. temperature, hydrology, biological interactions, land-use practices) influence wild Atlantic salmon populations?
    • What are freshwater causes of declining smolt size and/or abundance?