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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

We propose to establish a working group comprised of modelers, salmon population dynamics experts (academic and agency), and regional stakeholders from the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim (AYK) region of Alaska to synthesize ideas for community-based monitoring of salmon populations and the fisheries that depend upon them. Salmon management in Alaska is informed by population and fishery assessments which provide the data needed to calibrate models used to determine escapement goals and set within-year harvesting strategies. Because of its remoteness and the absence of highly valuable commercial fisheries, the AYK region suffers from comparatively poor data, but is also home to the largest subsistence salmon fisheries in the world. Since 2008 a series of projects funded by the AYK-SSI (Sustainable Salmon Initiative) have led to development of new models of Kuskokwim and Yukon River salmon populations, the two largest rivers in the AYK region, that explicitly consider uncertainty and provide an objective basis for determining critical information needs to inform salmon management. More recently these projects have led to engagement with regional stakeholders as we seek to build local capacity to advise Federal and State managers on regional fisheries management. We propose to build on this work by bringing the modelers, managers and stakeholders together to synthesize current knowledge and understanding of salmon science in the region and identify strategies wherein local stakeholder groups could create community-based monitoring programs that are optimally informative for salmon management and risk assessment. The modelers and their models will define critical information needs, while the stakeholders will bring practical, local knowledge of monitoring and data collection options. While the focus of the working group will be on the AYK region, the definition of critical information needs that can be met by community-based monitoring strategies has relevance to all areas of Alaska where assessment costs constrain information gathering by management agencies.
Working Group Participants

Principal Investigator(s)

Michael L. Jones

Project Dates

Start: January 1, 2017

End: March 30, 2018



Milo Adkison
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
LaMont Albertson
William R Bechtol
Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Matthew Catalano
Auburn University
Lewis G. Coggins
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Brendan M. Connors
ESSA Technologies Ltd
Jorge Cornejo-Donoso
University of California, Santa Barbara
Gary Decossas
United States Forest and Wildlife Service
Ian Dutton
Nautilus Impact Investing, LLC
Janessa Esquible
Orutsararimut Native Council
Steve Fleischman
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Charles Hahn
University of Washington
Toshihide Hamazaki
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Carrie Holt
Sarah Inman
University of Washington
Michael L. Jones
Quantitative Fisheries Center
Nicholas Kameroff Jr.
Kuskokwim Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission
Zachary Liller
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Laura Loucks
Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
Stephanie S. Quinn-Davidson
Tanana Chiefs Conference
Greg Roczicka
Orutsararimut Native Council Fisheries
Katherine Schake
Nautilus Impact Investing, LLC
Daniel E. Schindler
University of Washington
Joseph Spaeder
Bearing Sea Fishermen's Association
Ben Staton
Auburn University
Samuel B. Truesdell
Michigan State University


  1. Presentations / 2018

    Linking communities to inseason salmon management: Kuskokwim River community-based salmon monitoring program

  2. Presentations / 2018

    Integrating rural residents into co-management and rebuilding of Kuskokwim River Chinook Salmon