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YUKON DELTA-Yukon Delta NWR Partners on international Salmon Research
Alaska Region, July 1, 2004
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The Kwethluk River on Yukon Delta Refuge has become one of the focal points of an international salmon rivers research project. The Flathead Lake Biological Station of the University of Montana is documenting salmonid biodiversity and productivity as controlled by natural and cultural processes. Other rivers in the project include the Kol and Utkholok Rivers in Russia and the Kitlope River in British Columbia, Canada.

Project goals are to quantify biophysical that influence salmon populations and productivity and develop a new management strategy for wild salmon rivers based on the Shifting Habitat Mosaic Model. The latest technology including multi-spectral satellite imagery and hyperspectral infrared imagery from aircraft will be used to classify river habitat. International partners include the Wild Salmon Center, Ecotrust, Moscow State University, Na'na'kila Institute, Ecotrust Canada, USGS, University of Montana, and Alaska Fish and Game.

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov



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