• DMP ID: 10.48321/D1CW23
  • Version: 26 Oct 2022

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Hakai Institute Juvenile Salmon Program Time Series

Contributors to this project

Project details

  • Research domain: Earth and related environmental sciences
  • Project Start: May 12, 2015
  • Project End: February 09, 2025
  • Created: November 14, 2021
  • Modified: October 26, 2022
  • Ethical issues related to data that this DMP describes? no


Funding status and sources for this project

  • Status:Granted
  • Funder:Tula Foundation (tula.org)
  • Grant:unspecified

Project description

  • The Hakai Institute Juvenile Salmon program is an ongoing initiative that was established in 2015 in partnership with the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University and Salmon Coast Field Station. This program researches the early life history of juvenile salmon in coastal British Columbia. Primary research objectives are determining: 1) Migration timing rates and routes; 2) Migration habitat, including physical and chemical oceanographic conditions, and availability of plankton prey; 3) The impacts of prey phenology, quantity and quality on juvenile salmon growth and condition; 4) Species and stock-specific feeding biology and competitive interactions; 5) Pathogen and parasite infection dynamics; and 6) Mortality estimates. The program targets Fraser River sockeye, and pink and chum salmon, but additionally provides information on coho, chinook, and herring through incidental capture. The field program operates between May and July during the peak of the juvenile sockeye outward migration. Purse seine and oceanographic sampling are conducted in the northern Strait of Georgia / Discovery Islands region (~ 220 km from the Fraser River mouth).

Planned outputs

Hakai Institute Juvenile Salmon Program Time Series

The data published to the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) includes the long-term catch abundance by species, with associated fork lengths and weights. Additionally, it includes data on sea lice counts, genetic stock ID results, and zooplankton taxonomy. 

RNA:DNA growth data

Dataset will contain the RNA:DNA ratio data to indicate growth. Jessica Garzke (UBC) is the responsible party for this dataset. 

  • Format:Dataset

Fatty acids from juvenile salmon

This dataset will include fatty acid data derived from juvenile salmon tissue samples. 

Alicia Andersen is going to provide this dataset.

Otolith Microchemistry from juvenile sockeye

Microchemistry data as obtained from otolith analysis. Otoliths were obtained from juvenile salmon as part of the Juvenile Salmon Program (JSP). The responsible party for this dataset is Yuliya Kuzmenko (UBC). 


The Paper has been published at https://doi.org/10.26428/1606-9919-2021-201-669-685  but we need to reach out to Yuliya to collect data.

Sealice microbiome viral and bacterial data

The responsible parties for this dataset are Tianyi Chang and Curtis Suttle. 

Need an update from Tianyi

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Stable isotope ratios from juvenile salmon muscle tissue

This dataset will contain isotope data obtained from juvenile salmon caught during the JSP. The responsible party for this dataset is Brian Hunt. 

Zooplankton Isotopes from JSP surface horizontal tows

This dataset will contain isotope data obtained from the zooplankton caught as part of the Juvenile Salmon Program (JSP). Brian Hunt is the responsible party for this dataset. 

  • Format:Dataset

eDNA from JSP seines

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is collected as part of the Juvenile Salmon Program field operations, starting in 2020. The responsible party for this dataset is Natalie Benoit (UBC). 

  • Format:Dataset

Sockeye stomach contents 2015/2016

Sam James analyzed numerous juvenile sockeye salmon stomachs and identified taxa. 

This data has been published @ https://doi.org/10.21966/3s9g-w013

  • Format:Dataset
  • Anticipated volume:unspecified
  • Intended repository:Hakai EIMS

Acoustic telemetry data for juvenile sockeye

Steve Johnston tagged juvenile sockeye salmon as part of his masters' thesis. The data collected with Hakai is part of a larger data set which is published to OBIS @ https://obis.org/dataset/ec1dc821-fead-4448-b25f-f26651959f7c

Zooplankton Taxonomy from JSP and Oceanography horizontal surface tows

An integration of Sam James, Vanessa Fladmark, and Natalie Mahara's zooplankton taxonomy from horizontal surface tows in the Discovery Islands and Johnstone Strait.

RNA pathogen and gene expression data: Fitchip data from sockeye

Dataset from fish tissue samples sent to Kristi Millers lab. Currently the dataset is published as part of the Hakai JSP data package, and likely along with some other articles that were written using the data.

Stomach contents from pink and chum salmon

Vanessa Zahner's MSc. thesis work. Data are published at https://doi.org/10.21966/ean1-n995

  • Format:Dataset
  • Release timeline:November 18, 2020

Genetic stock identification of sockeye

Fin clips and liver samples are sent to the Pacific Biological Station for stock identification. Currently, we have results from 2015–2019. 

These data could be published in a stand alone data package, with an accompanying data paper. Currently, they reside in the JSP GitHub repo along with the JSP Time-series dataset.

Scales collected from sockeye, pink, chum, coho, chinook and herring

Scales are collected for every salmon and herring and archived. No analysis has been completed at this stage nor is any planned.

  • Format:Dataset

Other works associated with this research project


  • Hunt, Brian P.V., Brett T. Johnson, Sean C. Godwin, Martin Krkosek, Evgeny Pakhomov, and Luke A. Rogers. 2018. “The Hakai Institute Juvenile Salmon Program: Early Life History Drivers of Marine Survival in Sockeye, Pink and Chum Salmon in British Columbia, Canada.” [Article]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5719523.
  • Johnston, Stephen D. 2020. “Survival and Migration Characteristics of Juvenile Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus Nerka) Smolts through Complex Nearshore Coastal Migration Corridors.” [Article]. https://doi.org/10.14288/1.0390996.
  • “Abstract.” [Article]. n.d. eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.47615.001.
  • Mordecai, Gideon J., Kristina M. Miller, Arthur L. Bass, Andrew W. Bateman, Amy K. Teffer, Jessica M. Caleta, Emiliano Di Cicco, et al. 2021. “Aquaculture Mediates Global Transmission of a Viral Pathogen to Wild Salmon.” [Article]. Science Advances 7 (22). https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abe2592.
  • Zahner (Skil Jaadaa), Vanessa Rose. 2021. “Strategies for Coexisting : Juvenile Pink and Chum Salmon Diets and Interactions in a Challenging Section of Coastal Migration.” [Article]. https://dx.doi.org/10.14288/1.0396439.
  • Johnson, Brett. 2021. “Development and Evaluation of a New Method for Assessing Migration Timing of Juvenile Fraser River Sockeye Salmon in Their Early Marine Phase.” [Article]. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.17063996.
  • James, Samantha E., Evgeny A. Pakhomov, Natalie Mahara, and Brian P. V. Hunt. 2020. “Running the Trophic Gauntlet: Empirical Support for Reduced Foraging Success in Juvenile Salmon in Tidally Mixed Coastal Waters.” [Article]. Fisheries Oceanography 29 (3): 290–95. https://doi.org/10.1111/fog.12471.
  • James, Samantha E. 2019. “Foraging Ecology of Juvenile Fraser River Sockeye Salmon across Mixed and Stratified Regions of the Early Marine Migration.” [Article]. https://doi.org/10.14288/1.0380885.
  • Brookson, Cole B., Martin Krko\vsek, Brian P.V. Hunt, Brett T. Johnson, Luke A. Rogers, and Sean. C. Godwin. 2020. “Differential Infestation of Juvenile Pacific Salmon by Parasitic Sea Lice in British Columbia, Canada.” [Article]. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77 (12): 1960–68. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2020-0160.