The Southcentral Alaska Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its first chapter meeting in the Mat-Su on Wednesday, April 19 at 6pm at Bearpaw River Brewing Company. TU’s guest will be Adam St. Savior, a research biologist for Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sport Fish Division, stationed in Palmer.
St. Savior has been the principal investigator on numerous Fish and Game research projects including smolt, sonar, genetics, and adult salmon weir projects in Kodiak and across Southcentral Alaska. He’ll be share the finding from a recently completed study titled Northern Cook Inlet Chinook Salmon Marine Harvest Stock Composition.
The following is a brief description of St. Savior’s research:
Genetic tissue samples were collected from Chinook salmon harvested in the Northern District set gillnet commercial and the Tyonek subsistence fisheries in 2014, 2015, and 2016 to determine stock composition of marine harvests in Northern (Upper) Cook Inlet (NCI). Genetic mixed-stock analysis was performed to produce stock composition and stock-specific harvest estimates by reporting group for each fishery. The 4 reporting groups chosen for these analyses were: 1) NCI Northwest, 2) Susitna-Matanuska, 3) Knik-Turnagain, and 4) Kenai Peninsula. These results represent the first mixed-stock analysis using genetic information of Chinook salmon captured in NCI fisheries.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Presentation will begin around 6:30 and beer will be available to purchase.