Alaska Sea Grant

Copper River workshop #1

Copper River Salmon
Workshop No. 1

Elevating our collective knowledge to a common level

Hotel Captain Cook
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
April 12–14, 2005

Contact: Sherri Pristash,


The Alaska Sea Grant College Program, Prince William Sound Science Center, Wrangell–St. Elias National Park, Ecotrust Copper River Program and other pending sponsors are pleased to announce the first of a two-workshop series designed to foster a broader understanding of the natural and human-influenced processes affecting wild salmon stocks within the Copper River watershed. The theme of this first workshop, "elevating our collective knowledge to a common level," reflects the spirit of bringing together watershed stewards, resource managers, scientists, residents, and resource users to share knowledge and information.


Panel topics for the workshop will include:

  • An overview of the changes in distribution, abundance and status of salmon stocks from the perspective of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK).
  • Current agency perspectives of salmon stock status and trends.
  • Review of recent research results from new technologies, including radio telemetry, genetic stock identification and hydroacoustic assessments.
  • An evaluation of productivity changes in the watershed.
  • Run timing and exploitation rates for hatchery and wild fish.

The concluding day of the workshop will consist of synthesis sessions, where workshop participants will identify problems, issues and focus topics for Workshop No. 2 (fall/winter 2005). A synthesis report of Workshop No. 1, spotlighting the identified issues and problems, will be prepared in the summer of 2005. This document will guide the development of the central themes for Workshop No. 2.

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Why the Copper River?

The Copper River is world famous for its high-oil-content wild king and red salmon, harvested commercially for more than 100 years. Subsistence fisheries have rich traditions throughout the drainage, dating back thousands of years. Pressures within the watershed, including increasing user demands and enhanced/wild stock interactions, require sound and responsible management practices. These workshops bring the stewards of the Copper River salmon together to begin to address what is known and what needs to be learned about the naturally spawning salmon stocks. With new research coming to light, a comprehensive synthesis of available information is not only timely, but also necessary to adaptively manage the salmon resources of the Copper River.

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Program Schedule

The registration desk will open at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 12. Stop by to register or pick up your workshop materials. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. daily. All panels will be in the Endeavor Room at the Captain Cook.

On Tuesday, day one, we will open with overviews of salmon management systems. The lunch speaker will be RJ Kopchak of Ecotrust. In the afternoon will be presentations on traditional ecological knowledge. Tuesday evening there will be a poster session, reception, and dinner in the Quarter Deck at the Captain Cook. The dinner keynote speaker will be David Montgomery, Ph.D., author of King of Fish: The Thousand-year Run of Salmon.

On Wednesday we will start with protection of wild salmon populations and salmon habitats. The lunch speaker will be Ole Mathisen, Ph.D. The afternoon will be spent on a discussion of salmon run assessments. There is no evening activity planned.

Thursday is the final day of the workshop. A discussion of public support and involvement will be followed by facilitated group discussions and conclusions. The lunch speaker is Robby Richardson, Ph.D.

A light continental breakfast will be available in the meeting room each morning. Lunches will be served in the Quarter Deck on the top floor. The dinner and speaker presentation on Tuesday night is optional but recommended—there is an additional cost for that event to help cover the cost of your meal (see registration information below).

See the workshop agenda for more detailed information on the program.

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Location and Facilities

The workshop will be held in the Hotel Captain Cook, downtown Anchorage. The Captain Cook offers a variety of guest amenities, including fine dining and a lounge, as well as a business center, athletic club, swimming pool, and jacuzzi. Many rooms have great views.

Guest room accommodations are available for workshop participants at a special rate of $90.00 per night, single or double occupancy. Add 8% tax to all room prices. Be sure to make your reservations right away as space may be limited. To get the special group rate, mention the Copper River Salmon Workshop, or reference number 2358. Make reservations directly with the Captain Cook:

Hotel Captain Cook
4th at K Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
1-800-843-1950 or 907-276-6000 (reservations)

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The registration fee is $50.00 per person if received by April 6. After April 6, registration will be available on-site only. The fee covers a light continental breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments daily, as well as workshop materials. You are urged to register and pay your fees in advance so that adequate materials are available.

A dinner and speaker on Tuesday evening is available for an additional $35, payable in advance (check the appropriate box on your registration form).

Make checks payable to Alaska Sea Grant College Program (money order or US funds check from US bank). Visa and MasterCard are also accepted.

Online registration is available with our secure registration form. Or fill out and return the printable registration form to the coordinator at the address below.

Sherri Pristash, Coordinator
Alaska Sea Grant College Program
PO Box 755040
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5040
907-474-6701 (voice)
907-474-6285 (fax)

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Alaska Sea Grant

Copper River Watershed Project
Ecotrust / Ecotrust Copper River Program
Prince William Sound Science Center

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Office of Subsistence Management
U.S. Forest Service
Wrangell–St. Elias National Park

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