July 2014: Day 1 of Chum Crew Training

“We are very excited for the Chum Project first day of training, because we have been looking forward to our second season for the last 7 months” says the Chum Project Coordinator, Ben Adams.  13 individuals from all corners of the country, with a wide variety of backgrounds, arrived at the Science Center for a 4-day training and orientation.  The group received an overview of the project, tour of the Science Center, introduction to their crewmembers and field and bear safety training.

They left on the 21st to their various allotted areas where they will be accessing streams by foot, skiff, float plan and helicopter.

June 2014: Project Update

Ben Adams, Chum Project Coordinator, and Dave Magnus, Chum Biologist, recently took a trip to Hoonah to have a better look at two of the projects streams, Game Creek and Freshwater Creek. Both are accessible from the Hoonah road system, so they rented a van and had a look. These rivers are very large, and therefore it would take too long for a crew to walk from the mouth all the way to where the fish stop spawning. A better way to cover more ground, in less time, would be to drive to each bridge and walk up or down the stream from there. Both the road system, and the river, are pretty intricate so it is important to get the lay of the land. Ben and Dave were pretty pleased with what they saw as far as stream and road conditions go, near all of the bridges on Game and Freshwater Creek.

May 2014: Project Update

In March, led into the first round round of alevin sampling at Fish Creek, one of our pedigree streams near Juneau. With the use of portable water pumps, we systematically flushed the pre-emergent alevins out of the stream beds, in the areas where we recorded adult chum spawning last summer. The alevins were then sent to the gene lab for analysis. Summer 2013,  genetic samples were taken from post-spawned adult chum salmon, and identified whether these individuals were of hatchery or wild origin via thermal marked otoliths. Analysis of the 2014 alevin samples was conducted to identify whether these alevin were the offspring of hatchery or wild chum salmon.

Meet the 2014 team

  • Adam McDaniel
  • Alaire Hughey
  • Bryan Ferguson
  • Ashley Bolwerk
  • Derrick Miler
  • Dylan Rhea-Fournier
  • Kelly Laurence
  • Jarrod Yelton
  • Meg Robinson
  • Scott Fox
  • Ben Campen
  • Adrienne Wilber
  • Dale Brandenburger