Friday, October 28, 2016

Upcoming Workshop: Long-term Challenges to Alaska’s Salmon and Salmon-Dependent Communities



    Alaskans and salmon have been inextricably linked for generations. Salmon are affected by humans through direct harvest and through ecosystem alteration. Salmon-dependent communities are supported by salmon harvests, whether subsistence, personal use, commercial, or sport. Many communities are dependent on salmon as a key source of food, a principal driver of the economy, and a cultural keystone species. Ensuring this reality for generations to come is the purpose of these workshops and of the Center for Salmon and Society.

    Although salmon populations and the ecosystems that support them are relatively healthy in Alaska compared to those in other regions, increasing population size, urbanization, and climate change are long-term current and future challenges. Salmon-dependent communities are affected by fluctuations in abundance and price, the gradual erosion of access to the resource, the high cost of living in these communities, and many other economic and social challenges. Thus, Alaska is at, or will soon be at, a crossroads for making decisions that will have lasting impacts on salmon and the communities linked to salmon.

    This workshop focuses on identifying and addressing long-term challenges to Alaska’s salmon, and also on long-term challenges to communities that depend on salmon. Two days of public discussion and presentations will start the workshop, followed by a day of breakout sessions to develop action plans addressing key issues identified in the public workshop. Action plans will tackle the major challenges faced by salmon and salmon-dependent communities, identifying policy, community, and research priorities.

    The registration fee for this workshop is $50 if paid on or before October 28, 2016. The late registration fee will be $75 after October 28.

    Live streaming of this workshop will be available for Tuesday and Wednesday sessions. The link will be provided here.

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Hotel (820 W. 7th Ave.) for $99.00 per night. Please use this link to reserve your room at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown.

    Don't miss the Salmon Life storytelling event after the workshop on November 3! Inspired by the popular Arctic Entries show, the evening will feature seven storytellers who will each tell a 7-minute tale about the magic and mayhem of living a life full of salmon. Tickets are available at Brown Bag Tickets.
Sponsors

University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Alaska Sea Grant
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)
Alaska's Salmon Habitat Partnerships
The Salmon Project
Bristol Bay Habitat Land Trust

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