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Smith, Jason

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Fisheries Biologist

Joined LGL in 1999


M.R.M.: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby (Resource and Environmental Management) 2002
B.Sc.: University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Zoology) 1994

Professional Interests

  • Stock assessment and management of Pacific salmon
  • Abundance, distribution, and run timing of Pacific salmon
  • Telemetry applications in the study of fish migration and movement
  • Selective capture and harvesting methods
  • Fish habitat restoration and enhancement
  • First Nation fisheries management and capacity building

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Jason Smith has studied Pacific salmon and their ecology in British Columbia, Alaska, and Washington State for the past 20 years. Since joining LGL, his work has focused on salmon abundance, distribution, and behaviour studies. This has included large-scale radio-telemetry projects that assessed the potential impacts of hydro operations (Columbia and Susitna rivers), as well as other radio-telemetry projects on rivers in B.C. (Fraser, Skeena, Chuckwalla, Kaouk) and Alaska (Copper, Nushagak). Jason has studied the effects of industrial operations on salmon and trout redd dewatering, egg survival, fry stranding, and outmigration success in the Cowichan, Alouette, Stave, and mainstem Fraser rivers in B.C. Jason has expertise in the use of live-capture fishwheels as a stock-assessment and harvest tool, and has conducted fishwheel projects on seven different river systems in B.C., Alaska, Washington State, and North Carolina. Other fish capture and monitoring techniques he is familiar with include: rotary screw traps, inclined-plane traps, beach/purse seines, gillnets, floating weirs, underwater video-monitoring systems, ARIS/DIDSON sonar, broodstock collection, snorkel surveys, and mark-recapture. Jason’s recent work has included fish habitat restoration and enhancement, including projects with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in the upper Bulkley River, B.C. He often works in collaboration with First Nations on projects where capacity building and training are key components. He has extensive experience conducting field research, analysing and interpreting data, and preparing technical reports. Jason is a Registered Professional Biologist in B.C. under the College of Applied Biology.

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