KSDP’s Virgil Porter interviewed ADF&G’s Eric Volk (Chief Anadromous Fisheries Scientist) about the WASSIP study on Wed., Jan. 23rd, 2011 at 10am.
Download KSDP’s interview with ADF&G’s Eric Volk from Wed., Jan. 23rd, 2011 at 10am. (mp3, 8MB, 17 minutes).
From ADF&G: “WASSIP is a comprehensive program to sample commercial and subsistence chum and sockeye salmon fisheries in coastal marine areas of western Alaska, from 2006 through 2009. This program is unprecedented in its magnitude and scope, including salmon fisheries from Chignik Bay to Kotzebue Sound, stretching over 3,000 km of shoreline. During the four years of fishery sampling, approximately 320,000 samples were collected and some 156,000 samples will be analyzed by the ADF&G Gene Conservation Laboratory to estimate stock composition of fishery harvests with the finest resolution possible. Additional populations have been added to the genetic baselines for both species and the number of DNA markers has been greatly expanded to provide for increased stock resolution. WASSIP will help all stakeholders better understand the composition of harvests in western Alaska fisheries and the effects that these fisheries have on salmon stocks in this vast region.”