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Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge to Host Fish Passage Workshop

During the week of October 22, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge will receive an influx of fisheries professionals and stakeholders from around the state. Many of these visitors will be attending both the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual conference and one of several annual Fish Passage Workshops offered jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

With tens of thousands of streams across Alaska and world-class fisheries, it may come as a surprise that traditional road culverts pose a threat. However, barriers created by undersized or incorrectly positioned culverts can delay or block juveniles and adults from accessing key habitats and food sources at critical times; by interrupting the stream’s natural flow they can also decrease the suitability of upstream and downstream habitats features for native species. It’s estimated that there are as many as 7,000 road-stream crossings statewide.

The free 2-day workshop provides participants with an introduction to fish passage at road-stream crossings, including the design and installation of fish-friendly structures that maximize fish passage and simulate natural stream conditions through the crossing. The workshop format includes presentations and site visits. Project managers, engineers, biologists, planners, resource managers, permitters, construction firms, and people with a stake in healthy fisheries are encouraged to register by October 10.

To register, contact Katrina Mueller (katrina_mueller@fws.gov or 907-786-3637). For more information about course specifics, contact Bill Rice (william_rice@fws.gov / 907-456-0209) or Gillian O’Doherty ( gillian.odoherty@alaska.gov / 907-267-2146).

 Check back for updates to the agenda here: http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/restoration/pdf/kodiak_2012_flyer.pdf

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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