Meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. (PST)

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  1. Welcome and Introductions: Phil Rockefeller
  2. Approve draft notes from last meeting (November 2, 2015)
  3. Charter update: Patty O’Toole
  4. Discussion of ISAB/ISRP Critical Uncertainties Report: Kate Myers, Patty O’Toole
  5. Upcoming meetings: Columbia River Estuary Conference
  6. Purpose of this meeting: Patty O’Toole and Jim Ruff

How does the ocean affect abundance over time?

  • Why scientists develop models, different types of models and why a single approach may not work for all purposes: Brian Burke, NOAA NWFSC
  • Presentation of an in-season forecasting model: Jenn Gosselin, NOAA NWFSC
  • Observed and expected returns from Alaska through California: Laurie Weitkamp, NOAA NWFSC

Questions for discussion:

  • How do ocean indicators or factors interact with salmon survival and abundance?
  • How is information about adult survival in the ocean used?
  • How can we appropriately link ocean indicator or factors in the ocean with specific salmon stocks? 
  • How are run forecasts used?
  • How are the forecasts useful for the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program? What are the management implications related to the Program? 
  • Can we increase forecast precision based on better estimates of ocean productivity?
  • What would make ocean data more useful in the future?
  • How can we account for ocean productivity? 
  • Do we know how various ocean indicators/factors affect non-salmonid species such as eulachon and lamprey?