ICES Publishes NOAA Model to Predict Fish Population Response to Dams
Scientists Julie Nieland and Tim Sheehan (Woods Hole) and Rory Saunders (Orono) recently published a model of endangered Atlantic salmon in Maine’s Penobscot River as a case study. For more information see link. They found that abundance, distribution, and number of fish increased upstream when dams in the primary downstream segments of the river, also called “mainstem dams,” were removed or fish passage survival was increased. The findings were recently published online in the ICES Journal of Marine Science and a larger reference document for this model was used by mangers to set quantitative performance standards to conserve salmon.