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Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 2024: AFSC/ABL: Salmonid migrations at Auke Creek, Alaska,

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Title: AFSC/ABL: Salmonid migrations at Auke Creek, Alaska
Short Name: AFSC/ABL: Salmonid migrations at Auke Creek, Alaska
Status: In Work
Publication Date: Unknown

The Auke Lake system has endemic populations of pink, chum, sockeye and coho salmon, and supports populations of Dolly Varden char and cutthroat and steelhead trout. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and its predecessor agency, U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, began salmon research at Auke Creek, near Juneau, Alaska, in 1961. There are emigrant and immigrant counts of several species over nearly five decades (Appendices 1 and 2). Pink salmon fry populations at Auke Creek were estimated annually, 1972-79, and counted at the weir since 1980. Fyke nets were used capture sockeye salmon smolts leaving Auke Lake, and estimates are available for some years between 1961 and 1979. Total sockeye smolt counts are available since 1980. Chum salmon fry were counted annually since 1985. Coho salmon smolt estimates were made in 1976, 1977, and 1979, and the total coho smolt emigration was counted since 1980. Dolly Varden char and cutthroat trout were counted in 1970 and since 1980. Steelhead emigrants were counted since 1990. Weir counts of sockeye salmon adults at Auke Creek began in 1963; pink and chum salmon were counted 1967-68, and all salmon were counted since 1971. Chinook salmon entered Auke Creek since 1987 as a result of releases of juveniles from other hatcheries. Immigrant Dolly Varden and cutthroat and steelhead trout were counted from 1997-2006.

Auke Creek is the site of many research projects on wild and hatchery salmonids. The present weir at Auke Creek was constructed in 1980, and provided the capability to capture all emigrant and immigrant salmonids. Annual operations and maintenance costs associated with Auke Creek Research Station are provided by NMFS through the salmon research program of Auke Bay Laboratory. Projects at Auke Creek between 1971 and 1983 operated under several cooperative agreements. An interagency cooperative agreement relating to Auke Creek weir was established in 1983 between the NMFS, University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF), and Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG). The agreement provided the authority to jointly fund a full-time person to assist with the operation of the fish counting weir at Auke Creek. The primary objective is to operate the weir on a daily basis and maintain the long-term data collections on migrant salmonids. Auke Creek weir usually operates from early March through late October. A report of fish counts from daily weir operations and other information related to salmonid research involving the facilities at the weir is prepared each year. The annual fish count data are available in the Auke Creek data file at the NMFS Auke Bay Laboratory. Data collected on specific projects outside the scope of the cooperative agreements are usually not included in the annual report. Those data may be available from project investigators or their respective agencies.


The primary objective is to operate the weir on a daily basis and maintain the long-term data collections on migrant salmonids. The fish rearing facilities at Auke Creek are often used in aquaculture and salmonid life history experiments. In 2007 35,000 marked pink salmon fry were released at Auke Creek in an outbreeding depression project as part of a UAF graduate thesis. An ADFG Sport Fish project resulted in the release of 14,000 adipose fin clipped Dolly Varden juveniles into Lake Creek in July. These fish may be captured at the weir during future emigrations.


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Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None Auke Creek Salmon counts
None migration
None salmon
None smolt
None weir

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Geographic Names Information System AK
Geographic Names Information System Alaska
Geographic Names Information System Juneau
None Auke Creek
None Auke Lake
None Southeast Alaska

Physical Location

Organization: Auke Bay Laboratories
City: Juneau
State/Province: AK
Country: US

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: MS Access Database
Maintenance Frequency: Weekly
Data Presentation Form: Document (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 233627
Date Effective From: 2015-10-17
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Joyce, John
Email Address:


CC ID: 82162
Date Effective From: 2012-12-19
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Joyce, John
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 82164
Date Effective From: 2012-12-19
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): MC, Metadata Coordinators
Email Address:


CC ID: 82163
Date Effective From: 2012-12-19
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Joyce, John
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 82161
Date Effective From: 2012-12-19
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Joyce, John
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 82160
W° Bound: -134.6475
E° Bound: -134.618983
N° Bound: 58.393967
S° Bound: 58.379983

Auke Creek and Auke Lake in Juneau, Alaska

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 82159
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1961
End: 2012

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:


Data Access Constraints:

Contact the Point of Contact for data request form. The Data set is still being analyzed and will not be available for distribution until it has been finalized and all QA/QC practices have been performed. Contact the Data Point of Contact for estimated time of release.

Data Use Constraints:

User must read and fully comprehend the metadata prior to use. Data should not be used beyond the limits of the source scale. Acknowledgement of NOAA, as the source from which these data were obtained, in any publications and/or other representations of these data is suggested.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 233628
Download URL:

NCEI to be determined

Note: Dataset migrated by Dan Woodrich (AFSC data management coordinator) on 12/14/2021. Contact:

Technical Environment


Microsoft Access database

Data Quality

Completeness Report:

Pre-1980 total counts are known to be incomplete in some years. In some years wild and hatchery fish are included in the counts.

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Contact the dataset POC for full QA/QC methodology

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: Yes
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: Yes
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No
If Distributor (Data Hosting Service) is Needed, Please Indicate: yes
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: unknown
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

no delay

Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: To Be Determined
If To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended, Explain:

NCEI site to be determined

Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: unknown
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

IT Security and Contingency Plan for the system establishes procedures and applies to the functions, operations, and resources necessary to recover and restore data as hosted in the Western Regional Support Center in Seattle, Washington, following a disruption.


Lineage Statement:

Contact the dataset POC for full methodology

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 17271
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:17271
Metadata Record Created By: Doug Turnbull
Metadata Record Created: 2012-12-19 18:35+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:10+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2016-05-18
Owner Org: AFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2016-05-18
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2017-05-18