Another Successful Salmon Blitz Season
Local citizen scientists help document salmon habitat in the Copper River watershed.
From July through October, a total of 127 volunteers conducted 30 surveys at 27 different sites in the Copper River watershed. Baited minnow traps were used to collect juvenile fish living in freshwater streams and ponds. Traps soaked for up to 24 hours before volunteers checked the traps to identify, count, and measure all fish captured. After recording the data, all specimens were safely released back to the site where they were collected.
Data from this field season is still being tabulated, and any new data on salmon habitat will be shared with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) for inclusion into their Anadromous Waters Catalog (AWC). The AWC is the tool used by ADF&G for protecting fish habitat throughout the State of Alaska, and currently they estimate up to 50% of data is missing state-wide.