We believe the Copper River watershed can have a vibrant, healthy future.
Our Programs Making a Difference
We have completed a variety of habitat restoration & monitoring projects throughout the Copper River watershed to improve fish passage, re-vegetate and stabilize habitats for spawning and rearing salmon, assess water quality and identify salmon habitat for listing in the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Andaromous Waters Catalog.
CRWP programs take science learning outside for kids from grades K – 12. We lead field trips and classroom sessions on aquatic habitat, stormwater pollution, the salmon lifecycle, and watershed science. Students also participate in raising salmon fry from eggs in a classroom tank and releasing the fry come spring.
The Copper River watershed’s remote communities have much to offer! From the Copper River delta to the Wild and Scenic Gulkana River to North America’s largest World Heritage site in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, visitors are encouraged to explore the watershed’s unique geography and rich history.
CRWP Holds First Copper River Salmon Harvesters’ Roundtable Meeting, December 1, 2017
Representatives from each Copper River salmon harvest user group participated in a roundtable meeting held in Valdez, Alaska on December 1, 2017. No shots were fired, and all who attended agreed that the exchange was productive and the roundtable forum should continue.
Taking advantage of so many people being in Valdez for the Board of Fish meeting held to consider Copper River salmon fisheries management proposals, the Copper River Watershed Project invited subsistence fishermen, sport fishing guides, dipnetters, and commercial fishermen to gather together for a roundtable exchange. To explain its mark/recapture research on Copper River Chinook salmon, fish biologists from the Native Village of Eyak were also present. Several staff members from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game attended, as did one Board of Fish Commissioner.
This Roundtable effort does not focus on allocation issues, but is intended to be a forum for solutions to the challenges facing Copper River salmon. Read more about the idea behind the Roundtable here: CR Salmon Harvesters Roundtable Background