Erin Rechisky

Research Manager
Kintama Research Services
755 Terminal Avenue
Nanaimo, BC
Canada V9S 4K1

Phone: 250-667-6951

Fax: 250-729-2622


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Erin Rechisky has a B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, M.Sc. in Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Erin’s Ph.D. thesis was on the application of the POST telemetry array to Columbia River salmon management and conservation questions under Professor Carl Walter’s supervision. After completing her Ph.D., she began working at Kintama Research, where she has continued to work on research programs using the POST prototype array to address a number of key salmon conservation and management questions.

Using these acoustic-based telemetry systems, Erin has been involved in many Salish Sea studies by Kintama to assess steelhead, Chinook, sockeye, and coho smolt behaviour and survival between lakes and the Fraser River estuary, in the Strait of Georgia, and in Discovery Passage, as well as collaborative research with Professor Scott Hinch of UBC to measure freshwater and early marine survival of Chilko Lake sockeye smolts.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Welch, DW, Porter, AD, Rechisky, EL. A synthesis of the coast‐wide decline in survival of West Coast Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, Salmonidae). Fish Fish. 2021; 22: 194– 211.
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Hinch, Scott; Furey, Nathan; Stevenson, Christine; Johnstone, Steve; Healy, Steve; Welch, David; Rechisky, Erin; Porter, Aswea; and Miller, Kristi, “Telemetry tracking of salmon smolt migrations through the Salish Sea: examining behaviour, survival and causes of mortality” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 331.

Duguid, Will; Qualley, Jessica; Pellett, Kevin; Rechisky, Erin; Welch, David; Juanes, Francis, “A case study of fine scale habitat use by first ocean year Chinook salmon: implications for growth and predation exposure” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 367.

Rechisky, Erin; Porter, Aswea; Welch, David; Stevenson, Christine; Johnston, Stephen; Furey, Nathan; and Hinch, Scott, “Exposure time of juvenile sockeye salmon to Discovery Islands salmon farms” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 343.

Healy SJ, Hinch SG, Bass AL, Furey NB, Welch DW, Rechisky EL, Eliason EJ, Lotto AG, Miller KM (2018) Transcriptome profiles relate to migration fate in hatchery steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) smolts. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. doi.10.1139/cjfas-2017-0424. Available at:

Clark TD, Furey NB, Rechisky EL, Gale MK, Jeffries KM, Porter AD, Casselman MT, Lotto AG, Patterson DA, Cooke SJ, Farrell AP, Welch DW, and Hinch SG (2016). Tracking wild sockeye salmon smolts to the ocean reveals distinct regions of nocturnal movement and high mortality. Ecological Applications 26(4): 959-978. doi: 10.1890/15-0632. Available at:

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