‘Alaska Salmon and People’ Debuts in Anchorage

Thursday February 15 marks the first public rollout of the Alaska Salmon and People (SASAP) project at Alaska Forum on the Environment’s ‘Salmon Day’ at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.

The SASAP project, a collaboration of Nautilus and partner NCEAS, is a novel interdisciplinary data synthesis effort with the goal to strengthen understanding of Alaska’s salmon and people systems, and prioritize future research, monitoring and management efforts.

The sustainability of the Alaska salmon systems depends on the long-term maintenance of a connection to people, which is threatened by a number of issues. By connecting knowledge across disciplines and agencies, between cultures and users, and among regions, SASAP works to create new institutional capacity that allows the generation of interdisciplinary salmon knowledge.


Fundamental to the SASAP project are eight ‘working groups’, comprised of more than 100 Indigenous knowledge experts, scientists and educators working to gather, analyze and share biological, cultural, economic and governance information on Alaska’s salmon and salmon systems.

SASAP working group leads will present their preliminary finding at the Alaska Salmon and People rollout, on such wide-ranging and thought-provoking topics as patterns of biological diversity among salmon species, movement of commercial salmon permits out of Alaska communities, history of governance and policy around salmon, and more. Additional information is available at Alaska Forum on the Environment.

February 15, 2018
Dena’ina Conference Center, Anchorage

Session 1 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Alaska’s Salmon and People: Synthesizing Knowledge
Moderators: Wilson Justin and Ian Dutton
Presenters: SASAP Working Group Leads


Session 2    10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
A New Way of Seeing: Data Visualization Tools to Understand Alaska Salmon Data and Information
Moderators: Frank Davis and Ian Dutton
Presenters: Jorge Cornejo-Donoso, Jeanette Clark, and Jared Kibele


Lunch Keynote: Ray Troll – Artist (Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline at Anchorage Museum)


Session 3   2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Indigenizing Salmon Management
Moderators: Meagan Krupa and Ian Dutton
Presenters: Dr. Jessica Black and Dr. Courtney Carothers


Session 4   3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Lessons from Alaska’s Salmon Leaders: Pathways for New Connections and Stronger Futures
Moderators/Presenters: Alaska Salmon Fellows