A two-day symposium highlighting Alaska’s king salmon is planned for Oct. 22 and 23 in Anchorage, according to a release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game this week.
The release stated the symposium will address declining Chinook salmon abundance and will discuss necessary research and stock assessment to better understand the observed trends.
The symposium will feature scientific presentations and panel discussions from a variety of experts from private, state, federal and academic backgrounds. The goal is to discuss gaps in knowledge of Chinook salmon abundance and productivity, and seek input on a targeted list of research priorities to fill these gaps. A draft analysis of knowledge gaps and associated research recommendations has been constructed by ADF&G scientists and will be made available prior to the symposium so the presenters, panelists and the public will have the chance to review and provide constructive input on the research recommendations.
More details about the symposium and the Chinook Salmon Research Plan will be available in the following weeks, and will be posted at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=hottopics.chinooksalmon.
Interested Alaskans are encouraged to attend in person or stream it online via the link provided.