Coastal Cutthroat Trout Symposium: Research, Status, and Conservation

Tuesday, September 6, 2011: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM
4C-3 (Washington State Convention Center)
Coastal cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii clarkii) express diverse life history variation, perhaps more than any of the Pacific salmonids. As such, biologists face many challenges in managing and conserving their populations. In addition, many efforts that focus on Pacific salmon exclude coastal cutthroat trout, so a symposium focusing on the sub-species is much needed. Our symposium will share new research and conservation actions that focus on coastal cutthroat trout. This symposium will be of interest to scientists and managers who work within the extensive distributional range of coastal cutthroat trout (approximately 1,500 coastal miles), as well as researchers who wish to learn more about sampling in estuaries and probability sampling at the landscape scale. It will also be of interest to those who work with small populations, and practitioners of on-the-ground conservation who are interested in conserving biological variation within species. Scheduled talks include coastal cutthroat trout migration patterns in freshwater and estuary habitats, distribution and occupancy of freshwater habitat, and special issues facing coastal cutthroat trout, such as small population size, island populations, and natural hybridization. We will also present working examples of projects under a conservation initiative for coastal cutthroat trout that was started in 2006, including the challenges to develop conservation actions given the wide range of variation and unique biology of coastal cutthroat trout. At the end of the symposium we will host a panel discussion. The panel will be challenged to integrate the new information presented at the symposium with known data gaps. The panel will be asked to identify and discuss the pressing information needs to better manage and conserve coastal cutthroat trout.
Moderators:
Xanthippe Augerot, Roger Harding and Robert L. Vadas Jr.
Organizers:
Kitty Griswold, Robert E. Gresswell, Stephen Phillips, Roger Harding and Ron Ptolemy
8:00 AM
Spatial Segregation in Spawning Sites of Coastal Cutthroat Trout and Steelhead and Implications for Hybridization Thomas Buehrens, University of Washington; Jamie Glasgow, Wild Fish Conservancy; Carl O. Ostberg, U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center; Thomas Quinn, University of Washington
8:30 AM
Use of Acoustic Telemetry to Reveal the Movements of Anadromous Coastal Cutthroat Trout in Hood Canal, Washington Fred Goetz, University of Washington; Thomas Quinn, University of Washington; Barney Baker, University of Washington; Eugene Tezak, NOAA/NMFS/NWFSC; Megan Moore, NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center
8:45 AM
Cold Water Refuges and Coastal Cutthroat Trout Movement in the Willamette River Stanley Gregory, Oregon State University; Randy Wildman, Oregon State University
9:15 AM
Copper River, Alaska- Summary of the Biology of Coastal Cutthroat Trout at the Northern Extent of Their Geographic Range Thomas Williams, NOAA Fisheries; Gordon Reeves, USDA Forest Service; Kitty Griswold, Biolines Environmental Consulting
9:30 AM
Growth Dynamics of Coastal Cutthroat Trout in Headwater Streams Douglas Bateman, Oregon State University; Robert E. Gresswell, U.S. Geological Survey
9:45 AM
Morning Break
10:30 AM
Potential and Pitfalls of Using Cutthroat Trout as an Indicator of Headwater Watershed Condition Xanthippe Augerot, Marys River Watershed Council; Robert Warren, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
10:45 AM
Population Structure of Coastal Cutthroat Trout in Mt. Hood National Forest Christian Smith, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Matthew Anderson, USDA Forest Service; Denise Hawkins, USFWS Abernathy Fish Technology Center
11:00 AM
Coastal Cutthroat Spawn and Over-Summer in Intermittent Island Streams Russel Barsh, KWIAHT (Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea)
11:15 AM
Population Fluctuations of Coastal Cutthroat Trout in Irely Creek, Washington: a Decade-Long ‘Natural Experiment' of Drought Cycles Robert L. Vadas Jr., Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Hal A. Beecher, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Jonathan H. Kohr, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Steve N. Boessow, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
11:30 AM
Smolting in Coastal Cutthroat Trout Joseph Zydlewski, U.S. Geological Survey, Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; Gayle B. Zydlewski, University of Maine; Benjamen M. Kennedy, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Willim Gale, US Fish and Wildlife Service
11:45 AM
Early Marine Migration Patterns of Coastal Cutthroat, Steelhead, and Their Hybrids Megan Moore, NOAA/NMFS/NWFSC; Fred Goetz, University of Washington; Donald M. Van Doornik, NOAA/NMFS/NWFSC; Eugene Tezak, NOAA/NMFS/NWFSC; Thomas Quinn, University of Washington; Jose J. Reyes-Tomassini, NOAA NWFSC Environmental Fisheries Science; Barry Berejikian, NOAA Fisheries
12:00 PM
Lunch Break
1:15 PM
Occupancy and Distribution of Coastal Cutthroat Trout in the Lower Columbia River Michael Hudson, USFWS-Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
1:45 PM
Estuarine Migration and Expression of Anadromy by Coastal Cutthroat Trout in Two Lower Columbia River Tributaries David K. Hering, National Park Service; Kim K. Jones, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Trevan J. Cornwell, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
2:15 PM
Coastal Cutthroat Trout Maturity Studies in Southeast Alaska Roger Harding, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
2:30 PM
Panel Discussion
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