Started in 2015, Citizen Salmon is a community of curious citizen scientists interested in understanding the origins of the salmon we find in markets, stores, and restaurants. Salmon are vital to Cascadia: a staple of our diet, a key export, and a cultural icon of our region. We conduct most of our lab work at SoundBio, a local community biology lab in Seattle.
We want to understand where we get our food. Here in the Pacific Northwest, salmon is a staple of our diet. By connecting the information about a salmon’s genes and where they were born, we are developing a tool citizen scientists can use to determine the origin of the salmon on their plate.
Citizen Salmon has two major components:
- Bioinformatics: Identifying the most informative genes by manipulating large amounts of Salmon data provided in previous papers.
- Lab techniques: Developing quick and cost effective protocols to extract DNA and genotype samples.