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SELAWIK: Clipping Salmon Fins on the Kobuk River Delta
10 Region, August 2, 2005
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This July Selawik National Wildlife Refuge staff participated in a study of genetic variation in chum salmon in northwest Alaska. Kawerak, the Alaska Native non-profit organization for the Bering Strait region, spearheaded the study. The study focused on analyzing chum salmon samples from 12 rivers in Norton Sound and two rivers in Kotzebue Sound to determine the genetic variation and health of the populations and the rate, degree, and geographical scale of gene transfer. Project collaborators include genetic experts in US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Canadian Department of Ocean and Fisheries. To assist in the project, Selawik Refuge staff collected the Kobuk River samples. Staff traveled to the Kobuk River delta community of Noorvik and worked with subsistence fishermen to clip small pieces of salmon fins from their catches. The project provided an excellent opportunity for staff to get acquainted with Noorvik fishermen and become more familiar with the delta's rich fisheries.

Contact Info: Kevin Painter, , kevin_painter@fws.gov



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