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Northeast Fisheries Science Center Reference Document 12-12

Programs and Abstracts of the Maine Atlantic Salmon Forums

edited by Sharon A. MacLean
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 28 Tarzwell Drive Narragansett, RI 02882

Web version posted August 31, 2012

Citation: MacLean S. 2012. Programs and Abstracts of the Maine Atlantic Salmon Forums 2002-2012. US Dept Commer, Northeast Fish Sci Cent Ref Doc. 12-12; 232 p. US Dept Commer, Northeast Fish Sci Cent Ref Doc. 12-10; 171 p. Available from: National Marine Fisheries Service, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1026, or online at http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/publications/

Information Quality Act Compliance: In accordance with section 515 of Public Law 106-554, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center completed both technical and policy reviews for this report. These predissemination reviews are on file at the NEFSC Editorial Office.

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Introduction

NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) has sponsored an Atlantic salmon research forum biennially since 2002. NEFSC Atlantic Salmon Conservation and Research Task staff coordinate and host this scientific and management forum. The forum brings together state, federal, and university researchers and managers; the Maine aquaculture industry; conservation groups; and other private entities. The common tie between presenters and attendees is a mutual interest in the restoration of Atlantic salmon and their habitat in Maine. Although most of the presentations are technical, the meeting is popular and well attended by people from conservation groups, forestry, transportation, and energy organizations, and the general public. In addition, the meeting has consistently drawn participation from Canadian scientists and managers as well as visiting scientists from Europe. The goal of this meeting is to share knowledge, provide status updates on research and management activities, and identify future research needs. The discussions during question periods and interchanges between participants in structured breaks have become a core part of dialogue between scientists, managers, and other consumers of this information.

Initially the forums were named the "Maine Atlantic Salmon Technical Advisory Committee Research Forum," and over the years the name evolved along with the advancements in studies of Atlantic salmon and their habitats into the "Research Forum: Maine Atlantic Salmon and their Ecosystems." As will become apparent as you read, an ecosystem focus on Atlantic salmon in Maine enhances our understanding of multispecies interactions and of riverine, estuarine, and coastal habitats. This broader approach offers new insight into the multiplicity of factors affecting salmon populations at various life stages and the role of several diadromous species in the structure and function of salmon ecosystems from headwaters to the ocean.

This publication is a compilation of abstracts from six forums that occurred biennially during 2002-2012. An agenda is provided for each forum, followed by the abstracts in the order as scheduled in the agenda. Titles are bold-typed, as is the name of the presenting author. Poster session abstracts are presented after the abstracts for oral presentations. A list of the current contact information of the authors and co-authors, as well as could be determined, is provided as an appendix. Addresses are in the USA unless otherwise noted.

The quality of the science presented at these forums reflects the many advances in research and progress made toward understanding the complexities of restoring this highly valued endangered species. Attendees have been from federal and state governmental agencies, universities, non-governmental organizations, aquaculture industry, and interested community members. We extend our greatest appreciation to all the contributors for the excellent abstracts and presentations and to all the audience participants who provided provocative discussion and made these forums even more informative and exciting meetings.

Individual sections are linked below:

First Maine Atlantic Salmon Technical Advisory Committee Research Forum 2002

Second Maine Atlantic Salmon Technical Advisory Committee Research Forum 2004

Third Maine Atlantic Salmon Technical Advisory Committee Research Forum 2006

Fourth Research Forum: Maine Atlantic Salmon and Their Ecosystems 2008

Fifth Research Forum: Maine Atlantic Salmon and Their Ecosystems 2010

Sixth Research Forum: Maine Atlantic Salmon and Their Ecosystems 2012

Appendix: Authors' and Co-authors' Current Contact Information

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