Salish Sea Marine Survival Project Publication #4

Seal researchers in the Strait of Georgia analyzed seal scat using DNA metabarcoding and morphological prey identification and found that during the spring outmigration season, harbor seals preferred juvenile coho, chinook, and sockeye over other salmon species. Although juvenile salmon comprise a relatively small percentage of the average seal diet, the abundance of the Strait of Georgia seal population can equate to consumption of many outmigrating individuals. Read more: Thomas et al. (2016) Harbour seals target juvenile salmon of conservation concern. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2015-0558