Forage Fish: Research & Management in the Southern Salish Sea

Phillip Dionne

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Forage fish are a vital conduit of energy from lower trophic consumers and producers to higher level consumers like salmon, seabirds, and marine mammals. Recognition of the key role forage fish play in the Salish Sea ecosystem and their importance to salmon recovery and Southern Resident Killer Whale survival has helped to reignite interest in the health of this critical group of species in Washington. Phill will introduce some of the recent and ongoing efforts underway to monitor and protect these species as well as discuss some of the threats facing them and the challenges of studying them.

For Winter Quarter 2020 Huxley College is collaborating with the Salish Sea Institute for the Huxley Speaker Series, with a focus on the Salish Sea.


Phillip Dionne

Phillip Dionne is the Marine Fish Science Unit lead for forage fish research and management and has been with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife since 2011. His current research interests are monitoring and assessing the distribution, abundance, and characteristics of forage fish stocks and habitat, and assessing new methods to research and monitor those stocks. Prior to researching forage fish, Phill used mark – recapture, and acoustic telemetry to assess abundance of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed Shortnose Sturgeon in Maine, and Green Sturgeon in Washington and Oregon.


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The Huxley Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public.

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Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30pm On-campus and ONLINE.


Due to the pandemic, the in-person presentations are not open to the public. However, the talks will be live-streamed ONLINE for the off-campus audience.


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