Carrie Holt

Research Scientist
Pacific Biological Station
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Nanaimo, BC
Canada V9T 6N7

Phone: 250-756-7136


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Carrie Holt is a Research Scientist at the DFO’s Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. The goal of her research program is to develop tools to facilitate communication and decision-making at the interface between fisheries science and management in three broad areas. She is interested in identifying and evaluating biological benchmarks of population status of Pacific salmon and reference points for management. In addition, her program focuses on the integration of oceanographic information into models of salmon population dynamics to improve science advice to management. She is further interested in how the spatial dimension of ecological processes affects the distribution of fish species, and the implications for fisheries management. In her role coordinating assessments under Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy, she is leading the development and evaluation of new methods for Pacific salmon to inform management plans.

List of projects:

  • Development of assessment methods for data-limited populations of Pacific salmon
  • Evaluation of methods to assess time-varying productivity in populations of sockeye salmon, with applications to benchmarks of biological status
  • Evaluation of sampling designs for spawning abundances of Pacific salmon using closed-loop simulations
  • Evaluation of metrics and benchmarks to determine the genetic influence of hatcheries on wild salmon

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Godbout, Lyse; Holt, Carrie; Trudel, Marc; Freshwater, Cameron; O’Brien, Michael; Neville, Chrys; Tucker, Strahan; Grant, Sue; Juanes, Francis; Galbraith, Moira; Perry, Ian; Beamish, Richard; ” Relationship between early marine growth and returning adults of Fraser sockeye salmon” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 166.

Debertin, Allan & Irvine, James & A Holt, Carrie & Azaria Oka, Gladys & Trudel, Marc. (2017). Marine growth patterns of southern British Columbia chum salmon explained by interactions between density-dependent competition and changing climate.

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