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Pacific Salmon and Wildlife: Ecological Contexts, Relationships, and Implications for Management

Nola Poirier : Sep 20.2009

This article from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife discusses many aspects of salmon and trout, and their relationship to the surrounding terrestrial ecosystem.

 Excerpt: "Anadromous salmon play an important role in maintaining an ecosystem’s productivity.  The seasonal migrations of millions of salmon between Pacific rim streams and the subarctic Pacific Ocean appear to increase overall terrestrial productivity.  Key processes discussed here are the transport of materials, energy and nutrients between marine, aquatic, and terrestrial ecosystems with emphasis on salmon as a transport vector."  

Read the full report online.