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Final Results

Loading incubators with salmon eggsThe long-term research project proposed here has the potential to answer some of the questions most relevant to the Alaska salmon enhancement program. As good stewards of wild salmon stocks and the natural resources of the state, ADF&G believes strongly this work should be undertaken. It recognizes that the results will likely have some ambiguity and may even be interpreted differently by some groups. Nonetheless, this information will likely guide future decisions and will greatly advance the understanding of the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of wild and hatchery interactions.

Written reports

Reports made to ADF&G, as described in the Request for Proposal (RFP), will be posted below. Reports will consist of a complete description of preceding field data methods and the data collected. Reports will include any analyses that can be made with the data available up to that time. Reports will be progressive, i.e., will include all data and analyses from the beginning of the project up to the date of the report. Annual progress will be submitted in December of each year, except that the final report will be submitted in January of 2016, so that it can be reviewed by ADF&G staff and then revised based on their comments prior to the March, 2016 contract end date.


Pink spawning streamThe Project Manager and one or more Project leaders will host a workshop in late November or early December of 2013 to provide ADF&G staff with an in-person overview of the progress made and challenges encountered, so that mid-course adjustments can made if necessary. As requested in the RFP, PWSSC will host a workshop in February of 2016 to summarize the data collected and the findings to that date


As proposed by the Prince William Sound Science Center (PWSSC), a summary of the expected timing of major activities is:

Year Season Activity
2012 Summer
  • Preliminary trials of the ocean sampling
  • Initial reconnaissance on the 10 intensive streams to begin mapping
  • Collect otoliths from potential intensive streams where the stray rates are uncertain
2013 Spring
  • Preliminary evaluation of the redd pumping techniques on one or more SEAK streams
  • Prince William Sound (PWS) Ocean sampling
  • PWS and Southeast Alaska (SEAK) streams sampling - extensive and intensive
  • Annual progress report and workshop
2014 Spring
  • Intensive alevin sampling in PWS and SEAK
  • PWS Ocean sampling
  • PWS and SEAK streams sampling - extensive and intensive
  • Annual progress report
2015 Spring
  • Intensive alevin sampling in PWS and SEAK
  • PWS and SEAK streams sampling - extensive and intensive
2016 Spring
  • Intensive alevin sampling in PWS and SEAK
  • Annual progress report and workshop
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