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Seasonal dynamics of juvenile coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in wetlands of the North Thompson River, British Columbia

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(Thesis) M.R.M.
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Freshwater fish such as juvenile salmon may rely on dynamic and diverse habitats. The importance of freshwater wetlands to juvenile coho salmon in large river networks is not well known. I studied three wetland sites along the North Thompson River from May 2021 – May 2023 to understand how seasonal variation in wetland connectivity and water quality influence juvenile coho salmon habitat use. I used monthly mark-recapture sampling to estimate juvenile coho salmon abundances. Seasonal dynamics of juvenile coho salmon in wetlands was intertwined with connectivity and abiotic conditions. Juvenile coho salmon recruited as age 0 to wetlands during spring high flows but used wetland habitats year-round. Periods of high density, low oxygen, and high temperatures were associated with lower growth and abundances. This research advances understanding of the importance of wetlands and how they contribute to a mosaic of shifting habitats for juvenile coho salmon.
63 pages.
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Thesis advisor: Moore, Jon
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