The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC
) are Intergovernmental Organizations with a shared interest in Pacific salmon productivity and overlapping geographic areas of focus. A more formal relationship would be mutually beneficial; PICES could provide access to relevant marine ecosystem science through platforms such as workshops and topic sessions at Annual meetings and the PSC can provide a salmon research focus and access to salmon data for PICES scientists. Improvements in our understanding of climate change and marine factors affecting Pacific Salmon population dynamics can lead to advancements in population modeling and stock assessment research. The improved collaboration should allow PICES and PSC scientists to add value to their science, provide synergies on regional and global issues, and enhance the visibility of both Organizations.
The collaboration would contribute to the success of both Organizations by:
enhancing the current understanding of Pacific Salmon status and trends, climate change impacts and associated management implications;
promoting the collection of, and access to, data, models and other information; and
identifying gaps in knowledge and needs that should be addressed.