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Alaska Chinook Salmon Science Symposium

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is conducting a Chinook salmon science symposium in Anchorage October 22 – 23.  Titled “Understanding the Abundance and Productivity Trends of Chinook Salmon in Alaska, “ the two-day symposium will feature scientific presentations and public and panel discussions involving a wide variety of experts from private, state, federal, and academic backgrounds. The goal is to further identify and discuss gaps in our knowledge about Alaska’s Chinook salmon stocks and the research needed to better address these information needs.

ADF&G recently completed a document entitled “Alaska Chinook Salmon Knowledge Gaps and Needs” (draft gap analysis).  The draft gap analysis is the result of ADF&G’s initial efforts toward developing a comprehensive Chinook research plan.  Details on the symposium and the draft gap analysis can be found on the department’s website at:  

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=chinook_efforts_symposium.information

The symposium, which is open to the public, begins at 8 a.m. in the LaPerouse Hall at the Egan Center.  For those unable to attend in person, the symposium will be broadcast to Legislative Information Offices and available on the web at:  http://imigav.adobeconnect.com/chinook2012/. Audio can be accessed toll-free at:  1-888-655-9647.   

Written comments on the draft gap analysis may be submitted until November 9 via email at:  dfg.chinookanalysis.comments@alaska.gov .   Comments and input from the symposium and comments submitted on the gap analysis will be considered in finalizing the research plan.

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