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Annual Study of Salmon in Southeast Alaska - Post 6

July 30, 2020

Scientists in our Auke Bay Laboratories are collaborating with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to study juvenile salmon in Southeast Alaska coastal waters.

Two spiky yellow fish in a lab pool

July 30, 2020


A juvenile wolfeel saved for the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute aquarium. Photo: NOAA Fisheries.

Today we finished up sampling in Upper Chatham and collected live zooplankton for lipid analysis. It is a beautiful sunny day (sunscreen required for most of us) and is a big help as we clean pack up all of the survey equipment. After tending to the aquarium fish, we anchor up in Oliver’s Inlet and watch the sun set in Stephens Passage.

We caught a total of 3,532 fish consisting of 17 different species during the July survey. Herring was the most abundant species of fish, with a catch of 2,434. We caught 500 kg of jellyfish consisting of five different species or species groups. Moon jellyfish (Aurelia sp.) were the most abundant species with a total catch weight of 370 kg. Juvenile salmon catches during the July survey were: 304 pink salmon, 239 chum salmon, 194 Chinook salmon, and 100 coho salmon.


Another successful survey! Members of the July, 2020 SECM survey on the backdeck of the R/V Medeia, ADF&G staff: Craig Conger, Jim deLaBruere, Cedar Stark, and Luke Erickson, NMFS staff: Andy Gray and Jamal Moss. Photo: NOAA Fisheries.


Sunset in Stephens Passage while anchored up in Oliver’s Inlet. Photo: NOAA Fisheries.

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