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Lake Ontario salmonid management risk assessment: refinement of predator-prey models


August 2017 - December 2021


Lake Ontario supports a thriving Chinook Salmon fishery. Sustainable management of this resource requires maintaining a balance between predator numbers and the primary Chinook Salmon prey item, alewife. In this project we are developing state of the art stock assessment tools to inform management decisions for Lake Ontario Chinook Salmon management. By combining stock assessments for predators (Chinook Salmon) and prey (alewife), we hope to develop a decision support tool that can lead to robust ecosystem level management decisions for fisheries in Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes more broadly.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 54

Presentations: 109



Funding Agencies

  • NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation


New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute