Helping Users to Design and Implement Aquatic Monitoring Programs


  • 7-step guide for salmon monitoring
  • A comprehensive and integrative design system (STRIDE, which stands for Spatial, Temporal, Response, and Inference Design)
  • A set of resources including examples, tools, and reference materials
  • An interactive, flexible interface that allows users to choose their own situation and compare alternative designs of monitoring programs that might fit that situation.



Designing monitoring programs for aquatic species such as Pacific salmon is complicated. There is a proliferation of technical references on sampling design, fish monitoring indicators, field protocols, and resource management goals. However, comprehensive, technically rigorous frameworks to help practitioners, decision makers, and those who fund monitoring programs are in early stages of development. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive design process that synthesizes a wide array of information into a web-accessible, systematic framework for designing monitoring programs.


  • We offer a carefully-structured procedure to help users efficiently design and implement monitoring programs that are reliable, informative, and cost-effective.
  • The “Salmon Monitoring Advisor” provides advice and guidelines to help users systematically work through the numerous steps involved in designing, implementing, and analyzing results from monitoring programs to meet particular monitoring objectives. The working group focused on Pacific Salmon, which is our example monitoring program.

Where do you fit in?

This site can be used by a variety of people, including those who:

  • Determine funding levels for monitoring programs
  • Use results of monitoring programs to make decisions
  • Design monitoring programs or analyze the resulting data, or
  • Implement monitoring programs in the field.

Before branching off into your respective sections of this web site, though, everyone needs to read some brief, basic information.

Repeat users only:

If instead you are a repeat user of this web site, you probably do not need to read the “Basic information about this web site” again.

I fund or authorize monitoring programs or use their results.

Help me decide

You either determine funding levels for monitoring programs or use their results to make decisions. Those decisions include everything along a spectrum that ranges from regulatory actions (such as those taken by government agencies) to local decisions about conservation actions made by watershed-level councils or stream-keepers’ groups.

I am involved in the design, implementation, or analysis of monitoring programs.

Help me decide

You design monitoring programs, implement them in the field, or analyze the resulting data.