The mathematics of salmon management: A lecture

February 18, 2016

Millions of salmon make their way up and down the rivers of the Pacific coast of Canada every year.

In order to balance the needs of harvesters who rely on salmon for their food and their livelihood, salmon fisheries must be managed carefully to balance sustainability, profitability and the needs of the ecosystem. Using ecological knowledge and mathematical models, stock assessment scientists estimate safe harvest levels to preserve both present and future uses of this unique and popular resource.

Join us on Monday, March 14th from 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. at the IRMACS Theatre (ASB 10900) for a presentation by Samuel Johnson from the SFU School of Resource and Environmental Management, who will use the Fraser River Sockeye salmon as a case study, to step through the mathematics of salmon management and highlight some of the successes and challenges of its application.

Following the lecture you will have the opportunity to meet with other students who are interested in mathematics and have the opportunity to chat with faculty members from the Department of Mathematics.

The discussion is part of Math Outside of the Box, a series of lectures for undergraduate students.

Contact the mathematics advisor at if you would like more information.