Molecular Genetics and Stock Identification of Skeena River Summer Steelhead, 2010

Steelhead tissue samples collected at the Tyee test fishery, in the upper Skeena River (mainstem areas above the Sicintine confluence), Squingula River, and Sicintine River in 2010 were genetically analyzed for variation in 15 microsatellite loci by Fisheries & Oceans Canada’s Pacific Biological Station to determine stock contributions to total steelhead escapement and to expand the Skeena steelhead genetic baseline collection. The results of the genetic analysis are being used to improve stock assessment and run timing estimates, and to improve the delineation of steelhead conservation units in the Skeena.

project objectives
Improve stock assessment, run timing estimates, and delineation of steelhead conservation units in the Skeena.
project status
complete
project timeline
August 24, 2010
to March 31, 2011
project lead
BC Ministry of Environment
partners
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
subjects
genetics, stock assessment
location
Sicintine River, Skeena River Watershed, Squingula River, Tyee Test Fishery, upper Skeena River
related species
steelhead