Editor Justin Brashares
Salmon for terrestrial protected areas
Article first published online: 21 OCT 2010
©2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 3, Issue 6, pages 379–389, December 2010
How to Cite
Darimont, C. T., Bryan, H. M., Carlson, S. M., Hocking, M. D., MacDuffee, M., Paquet, P. C., Price, M. H.H., Reimchen, T. E., Reynolds, J. D. and Wilmers, C. C. (2010), Salmon for terrestrial protected areas. Conservation Letters, 3: 379–389. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00145.x
- Issue published online: 3 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 21 OCT 2010
- Accepted manuscript online: 22 SEP 2010 06:40AM EST
- Received 13 April 2010Accepted6 September 2010
- Ecosystem-based fisheries management;
- marine subsidies;
- protected areas;
Although managers safeguard protected areas for migratory species, little consideration has been given to how migratory species might benefit parks. Additionally, whereas land-sea connections are considered in management of protected areas, most effort has focused on reducing negative “downstream” processes. Here, we offer a proposal to promote positive “upstream” processes by safeguarding the seasonal pulse of marine nutrients imported into freshwater and riparian ecosystems by spawning migrations of Pacific salmon. Currently, high rates of fishing limit this important contribution to species and processes that terrestrial parks were designed to protect. Accordingly, we propose limiting exploitation in areas and periods through which salmon runs bound for terrestrial protected areas can migrate. Best suited for less commercially valuable but relatively abundant and widespread pink and chum salmon (O. gorbuscha and keta), our proposal thus considers ecosystem and societal needs for salmon. We conclude by outlining strategies to overcome socio-economic barriers to implementation.