Michelle McClure, NOAA Fisheries, Division Director
Twenty-six evolutionary significant units in the five west coast anadromous salmonid species were listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1999. Since then, a wide range of scientific work to support the recovery of these ESUs has been conducted. I describe how we developed biological recovery goals for Interior Columbia species, as well as population modeling evaluating the impact of anthropogenic actions and environmental conditions on these species. Reintroductions and climate change will almost certainly factor into the long-term recovery of these and other species; I also provide an overview of guidance we developed to inform management and science efforts in both of these areas.
Michelle McClure is currently the division director of the Fishery Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries). She oversees much of the scientific work that informs harvest management for the West Coast Groundfish fishery. Prior to this position, she worked for 13 years on salmon conservation efforts, including co-chairing the Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team. Michelle received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and her undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College.
This event is part of the candidate search for the Director of the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, a joint-appointment at the College's School of Environmental Forestry and School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. You can read more about the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit here: www.coopunits.org…