Alaska has some of the world’s largest intact wild salmon systems. These salmon play a vital role within Alaska’s diverse economies and cultures, and their persistence reflects a long tradition of stewardship. However, global forces -- climate change, ocean acidification -- and local development pressures increasingly threaten salmon systems and the people who depend on them. Salmon stewards and stakeholders need access to information about salmon and the factors that will shape their future, but up-to-date, accurate, or integrated information is not always accessible.
State of Alaska’s Salmon and People (SASAP) -- led in partnership by NCEAS and Nautilus Impact Investing (NII) in Anchorage, Alaska -- is a group of experts that aim to provide an up-to-date, interdisciplinary perspective on Alaska’s salmon systems and the people who rely upon them. Its mission is to create an equitable decision-making platform for all stakeholders by addressing the information gaps in Alaska’s salmon system through information synthesis, collaboration and stakeholder engagement.
SASAP seeks to build collaborative working groups of leading experts at the University of Alaska and other prestigious universities, indigenous leaders, and specialists across resource sectors, deliberately emphasizing collaboration between indigenous knowledge and western science perspectives. The first round of three working groups are conducting a broad scale, cross-cutting analysis of available information to provide a contemporary understanding of the state of knowledge of Alaska’s salmon and the people who rely on salmon. A second round of five working groups is just commencing, focusing on research questions that provide insight into the pressures on salmon and salmon communities as well as options for response to those pressures.
SASAP Round 1 Working Groups
- Group 1: Salmon Distribution and Habitat
- Group 2: Sociocultural and Economic Dimensions of Salmon Systems
- Group 3: Current Governance and Management of Salmon
SASAP Round 2 Working Groups
- Group 1: Consistency, Causes and Consequences of Salmon Size Declines
- Group 2: Well-being and Salmon Systems
- Group 3: Ocean Climate Interactions with At-sea Salmon Competition
- Group 4: Community-Based Engagement with Salmon Science
- Group 5: Integrated Watershed Management for Salmon in Kenai Lowlands
SASAP: The State of Alaska's Salmon and People is generously funded by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
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