The southern boundary of the gyre, known as the North Pacific Current, flows east-ward, reaching the west coast of North America at about Vancouver Island where it splits into the south-flowing California Current and the north-flowing Alaska Current. The Alaska Current moves north and northwestward on a broad front through the eastern Gulf of Alaska, flowing over the GOA seamounts and up the eastern Gulf coast along the shelf break toward the head of the Gulf (Fig.
Sablefish leaving the seamounts would be carried by the same current, here known as the Alaska Current, back to the continental slope.
After the editors introduce the objectives of the study, contributors give a brief history of the ocean ecology of salmon in the northeast Pacific Ocean, compare coastal distributions of juvenile salmon from central California to the northern Gulf of Alaska, describe stock-specific migrations of juvenile coho derived from coded-wire tag recoveries, describe epipelagic fish assemblages in the neritic waters of the California and Alaska Currents
, analyze motile salmon lice, compare feeding patterns, describe regional variations in the marine growth and energy accumulation of juvenile Chinook and coho, and give mortality rates for chum salmon during their early life in the open sea.