Photo credit: Jason Ching, JasonSChing.com
Photo credit: Jason Ching, JasonSChing.com
Photo credit: Bob Waldrop, RedPoint Images
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Photo credit: Bob Waldrop, RedPoint Images
Photo credit: Bob Waldrop, RedPoint Images

Alaska has some of the world’s largest intact wild salmon systems that underpin Alaska’s diverse economies and cultures. The persistence of wild salmon in Alaska reflects a long tradition of stewardship. However, salmon systems and the people who depend on them are increasingly threatened by climate change, ocean acidification and other global and local development pressures. Salmon stewards and stakeholders need access to information about salmon and the factors that will shape the future of salmon, yet it can be difficult to readily access up-to-date, accurate or integrated information.

State of Alaska’s Salmon and People (SASAP) is a group of experts funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to provide an up-to-date interdisciplinary perspective on Alaska’s salmon systems and the people who rely upon them. Our mission is to create an equitable decision-making platform for all stakeholders by addressing the information gaps in Alaska’s salmon system through information synthesis, collaboration and stakeholder engagement. SASAP seeks to answer three core questions: what do we know, what do we not know, and how can we better integrate and share what we know about Alaska’s salmon system for better decision making.

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This project is led by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Nautilus Impact Investing (NII) in Anchorage, Alaska. SASAP will collaborate and engage with leading experts at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and Anchorage, indigenous leaders, and specialists across resource sectors.

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