Homing and Straying in Pacific Salmon

  • Thomas P. Quinn
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 14)


The remarkable ability of Pacific salmon (genus Oncorhynchus) to home to their natal stream to spawn has tended to obscure the fact that a small proportion of the spawners stray to non-natal streams. It is hypothesized that straying is an evolutionary alternative to homing and that these two life-history strategies are in dynamic equilibrium. Straying should be relatively common in populations spawning in unstable streams (high annual variation in juvenile survival), and in species and populations spawning in geographically simple streams with similar nearby streams. Straying should also be relatively common in species with little variation in age at maturity.


Chum Salmon Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Sockeye Salmon Pink Salmon 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas P. Quinn
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  1. 1.Department of Fisheries and Oceans Fisheries Research BranchPacific Biological StationNanaimoCanada

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