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Research Article

The Effect of Hatchery Release Strategy on Marine Migratory Behaviour and Apparent Survival of Seymour River Steelhead Smolts (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

  • Shannon Balfry mail,

    balfry@mail.ubc.ca

    Affiliation: Faculty of Land and Food Systems, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Current address: DFO/UBC Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • David W. Welch,

    Affiliation: Kintama Research Services Ltd., Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Jody Atkinson,

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Al Lill,

    Affiliation: Living Rivers–Georgia Basin/Vancouver Island, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Stephen Vincent

    Affiliation: Seymour Salmonid Society, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Published: March 29, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0014779
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Shannon Balfry
Faculty of Land and Food Systems, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
David W. Welch
Kintama Research Services Ltd., Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Jody Atkinson
Department of Zoology, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Al Lill
Living Rivers–Georgia Basin/Vancouver Island, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Stephen Vincent
Seymour Salmonid Society, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Corresponding Author

Email: balfry@mail.ubc.ca

Competing Interests

Two of the co-authors (Welch and Lill) were employed by commercial companies (Kintama Research Corporation and Living Rivers) that provided their time/salary (in-kind funding), which enabled their participation in this research project. The involvement of these co-authors and their respective association with commercial companies does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SB DWW AL SV. Performed the experiments: SB DWW JA SV. Analyzed the data: SB DWW JA AL SV. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SB DWW JA SV. Wrote the paper: SB DWW JA AL SV.