Nicholas Komick, M.Sc.


Compile science data set and information products for Salmon Stock Assessment

Current research and/or projects

I am a biologist within Salmon Stock Assessment that primarily develops and implements methods to compile scientific data sets and informational products use to assess fishery impacts and the status of salmon stocks.

Research and/or project statements

  • Develop and maintain the information system that estimates fisheries impacts on Chinook and Coho stocks using coded wired tag data.
  • Develop and maintain the Internet Recreational Catch (iREC) Survey methods
  • Support the modelling of Coho fishery impacts and stock status for the Pacific Salmon Commission Coho Technical Committee

Education and awards

Diploma - Computer System Technology (top award for Decision Systems option), British Columbia Institute of Technology, 1999

B.Sc. (with distinction) Geography, University of Victoria, 2005

M.Sc. Geography, University of Victoria, 2008

International experience and/or work

As a member of the Pacific Salmon Commission Coho Technical Commitee and Data Standards Working Group, I work with other governmental and non-governmental agencies to produce scientific data standards and informational products to support Canada/US Pacific Salmon Treaty discussions.

Key publications

Houtman, R., O'Brien, D.S., Komick, N., Rahme, A.H., and Hein, K. (In Prep.) "The 'iREC' survey, an internet-based survey of recreational fishing effort and catch in British Columbia tidal waters: methodology and preliminary results" Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS)

Ogden, A.D., J.R. Irvine, M. O'Brien, N. Komick, G. Brown, and A. Tompkins (2014) "Canadian commercial catches and escapements of Chinook and coho salmon separated into hatchery- and wild-origin fish" North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission Doc. 1531. 19 pp. (Available at

Tompkins, A., N. Komick and M. Thiess (2012) "Salmon Assessment in British Columbia and Yukon" North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission Doc. 1431. 13 pp. Fisheries and Oceans Canada. (Available at

Komick, N., M.P.F. Costa, J. Gower (2009) "Bio-optical algorithm evaluation for MODIS for western Canada coastal waters: an exploratory approach using in situ reflectance", Remote Sensing of Environment.

Research facility

3190 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N7