Chinook Salmon Research Initiative
Stikine River Chinook Salmon

Juvenile Abundance

Project Summary

Project Name:

Stikine River Juvenile Chinook Salmon Abundance


Spring juvenile Chinook salmon coded-wire tagging project. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has conducted studies to estimate the abundance of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Stikine River drainage since 2000. Juvenile Chinook salmon from the same parent year are marked with adipose fin clips and tagged with coded wire tags in the spring (April and May) as smolt before they outmigrate to sea. Due to the large size of the Stikine River drainage, tagging in the spring is the most effective method as compared to fall tagging of fry in other rivers as the smolt are concentrated and it helps ensure that a mixture of the different stocks are equally likely to be tagged.


Stikine River near Wrangell, Petersburg

Total Project Cost:


Project Dates:

2014, 2015

Project Type(s):

Juvenile abundance

Life Stage:



Stikine River Chinook salmon

Project Partners:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Tahltan River First Nation


Alaska Department of Fish and Game
802 3rd Street
Douglas, AK 99824-5412

Fishery Biologist II

Kristin Courtney
Phone: (907) 874-3822