Salmon Management in Alaska

Fish 497: Management of Pacific Salmon Management

Course Objectives:

This course will provide a comprehensive study of salmon management with a particular emphasis on the quantitative methods used in Alaska and in other jurisdictions for estimation of abundance,  run forecasting, and evaluation of harvest strategies.  Learning will take place through a combination of lectures, computer laboratories and field experience in data collection.  The centerpiece of the course will be the fishery for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon during the field season, and students will actively track the return of salmon to the fishing districts of Bristol Bay, and attempt to estimate the total return as the runs develop from the field data available to management staff.


Permission of instructor.  Students will ideally have taken courses in salmon biology, and basic statistical methods but there are no formal prerequisites.

Course format:

5 credits  graded

The course will meet 7 days per week from 20 June until 10 July in at the Aleknagik field camp of the University of Washington near Dillingham Alaska.   Daily activities will include a mix of lectures and computer laboratories and students will engage in a range of field activities including counting salmon from towers, aerial surveys of salmon in streams and lakes, scale sampling of commercial catches and test fishing for salmon abundance.

Instructors: Dr. Ray Hilborn University of Washington

Dr. Milo Adkison  University of Alaska