A Globe and Mail article today by Mark Hume:
More mention of the new latest and greatest theory on why this year’s Fraser sockeye run is so fantastic — a volcano.
It’s a curious one, but who really knows…
One of the questions I have is whether this theory that ash from the volcano settling on the North Pacific created a phytoplankton bloom and thus a sockeye boom — is whether other critters all the way up and down the food chain experienced the same sort of boom?
It also seems that this volcano theory leaves out other pieces of the puzzle. For example, if it’s just that simple — e.g. fertilize the North Pacific — I can only imagine what some folks are thinking now… but what about the issues of juveniles in freshwater, out-migration, etc.
Are we suggesting with this volcano theory that everything must be fine in the early life cycle stages — and that all the issues are simply at sea?
I’m not quite buying it yet — however, I also haven’t read the research reports yet — so will reserve full opinion.
Any thoughts out there?