Copper River Salmon Workshop No. 1

Natural and human impacts on wild salmon focus of workshop

8 March 2005

NR: SG-2005/NB027

Anchorage, Alaska—The Alaska Sea Grant College Program, Prince William Sound Science Center, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Ecotrust Copper River Program and other pending sponsors is 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 workshop will be held at the Anchorage Captain Cook Hotel, April 12-14, 2005.

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:

The concluding day of the workshop will host 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.

Why the Copper River?

The Copper River is world famous for its high oil content wild king and red salmon, harvested commercially for over 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, a comprehensive synthesis of available information is not only timely, but also necessary to adaptively manage the salmon resources of the Copper River.