The Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative is honored to announce that the efforts of Charles Krueger, Christian Zimmerman, Karen Gillis and Joseph Spaeder were awarded the Meritorious Service Award from the American Fisheries Society, Alaska Chapter. The award was received based on the primary roles these four individuals played in successfully publishing the American Fisheries Society Symposium 70, entitled Pacific Salmon: Ecology and Management of Western Alaska’s Populations, a state-of-the-art assessment of salmon stocks and management practices in the AYK region.This publication, sponsored by the AYK SSI and published by the American Fisheries Society, covers the freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecology and management of salmon and is the first-ever comprehensive appraisal of the region’s salmon resources. Containing 61 chapters, the book assesses the ecological processes that cause change in salmon populations; describes the effects of varying salmon runs on rural communities; reviews state, Federal, and international management of salmon fisheries in the region; and examines emerging themes at the nexus of salmon ecology and management in the AYK region. The book includes special sections on the economic, social, and cultural significance of salmon, and on governance associated with salmon management. Reviews of several other fisheries, such as those in Washington and Oregon, provide lessons learned elsewhere that can be applied to Alaska’s salmon fisheries. Several chapters conclude with recommendations for future research to promote a better understanding of the region’s fisheries. Drs. Krueger and Zimmerman served as editors for the publication, and organized and reviewed the numerous drafts, revisions, and galley proofs of the 61 papers. Ms. Gillis and Dr. Spaeder provided leadership and coordination for the overarching Sustainable Salmon Initiative, including organization of Symposium 70, held in Anchorage in 2007, with 65 presenters and over 300 participants.
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