UAA to discuss Alaska salmon returns

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003

University of Alaska Anchorage will hold a free workshop to discuss salmon returns. The success of Alaska's wild salmon fishery ultimately depends on the amount of fish available to harvest and the intensity and duration of fluctuations in run strength. Hardships due to market conditions are exacerbated if salmon returns are weak. What the future holds for run strengths of Alaska's salmon populations statewide is the focus of this workshop. Recent and prehistoric changes in run sizes, their possible causes, our ability to predict returns and the effects of fluctuations on fisheries will be examined. The causes of declines in the Pacific Northwest also will be discussed.

The workshop is part of a UAA Sea Grant and Washington Sea Grant initiative called Tools for the Salmon Industry. It is free to the public and will be offered April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the University of Alaska Anchorage, at Commons 206. Conference coordinators include Dr. Milo Adkison, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Fisheries Program and Paula Cullenberg, with the Marine Advisory Program. Workshop topics include:

"Future salmon abundance in Alaska: an overview" -- presented by Milo Adkison of University of Alaska Fairbanks.

"Pre-historic patterns in salmon abundance" -- by Irene Gregory-Eaves of the University of Ottawa.

"Climatic and oceanographic influences on salmon" -- by Nathan Mantua of the University of Washington.

"Spatial and temporal variation in salmon stocks: historical data and models for forecasting and tracking changes" -- by Randall Peterman of Simon Fraser University.

"Effects of salmon fluctuations on fisheries," -- by Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington.

"The cause of salmon declines - the Pacific NW experience" -- by Robin Waples of Northwest Fisheries Science Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information, contact Paula Cullenberg at (907) 274-9691 or e-mail to, or Milo Adkison at (907) 465-6251, or e-mail to Visit the Web site at

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