The preliminary research recommendations and workshop results led to fundraising and formal research planning in 2013. Throughout 2013 and early 2014, scientists from the US Technical Team drafted recommendations for Chinook and coho marine survival research, primarily focusing on the first two to three years of the five-year research effort. A task team including US Technical Team members and others was also formed to develop and implement a plan for initial steelhead marine survival research. In Canada, scientists developed a pilot effort around the Cowichan River and Bay region, with plans for expanding from the pilot region in 2015. A US-Canada retreat was also held in December 2013 to go over research activity details and establish US-Canadian workgroups to continue the transboundary alignment. Research planning will continue over the five-year research phase, with the results of this initial work informing next steps.