Alaska Salmon Program

FISH 497

Management of Pacific Salmon Management

Offered Summer quarter in odd years, typically ~June 15-July 10.

This course is appropriate for upper division undergraduates with strong quantitative and analytical skills, as well as graduate students interested in the management of pacific salmon fisheries. Students will live and work at the Alaska Salmon Program field station on Lake Aleknagik, AK. The course is co-taught by Ray Hilborn (UW) and Milo Adkison (Univ. of Alaska) and is open to both UW and UA students.

Students taking the fast paced and intensive Management of Pacific Salmon course will essentially “mock manage” the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery in real time. Using the same data managers receive on a daily basis (test fishery counts and genetic stock allocation, daily catch and escapement by river and fishery district), students will run models, perform analyses, and make mock decisions about when to open and close the fishery. Additionally, guest lecturers, including local management biologists, members of the salmon the processing industry, commercial and subsistence fishermen, will provide a broader context of the importance of salmon to the Bristol Bay region of Alaska.

Contact Ray Hilborn for more information (