Alaska Fish & Wildlife News
October 2004

Future Biologists Get Hands-On Experience

By Nancy Long

In a remote outpost on the Kuskowim River this summer, student intern Laura Boomershine implanted chinook salmon with radio tags. Ramona Baker graduated this spring from Nikiski High School and spent the summer counting spawning salmon, collecting eggs and trapping and marking smolt.

These young women are two of about 20 students around Alaska involved in internship and education programs through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Sport Fish, programs that are helping ...   ADF&G Interns ArticleContinued

Seavey and Swingley Go Home

By Sandra Prufer and Sue Steinacher

Swingley marched straight into the chilly water and never looked back. Seavey was a bit more hesitant, but after surfacing a few times close to shore, the three-month old seal pup slipped beneath the waves and followed his seal-mate into the Bering Sea.

“That's the kind of release we like to see,” said Tim Lebling, a rehabilitation technician at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, as he watched the pair of ringed seal pups disappear into the waters of their natural environment.

Found ...   Seal Research ArticleContinued

Sport Fish Hatchery Program
Here Today, Cold Tomorrow?

By Jeff Milton, ADF&G

Alaska hatcheries have been producing and stocking fish for sport fishing since the 1950s. Early stocking efforts involved thousands of fish and focused on a small geographic area. Today, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish hatchery program stocks millions of fish into hundreds of lakes and streams throughout the state. Salmon, trout, char and grayling are stocked in Southcentral and Interior Alaska, and small numbers of rainbow trout eggs and grayling fry are supplied ...   Fish Hatchery ArticleContinued

Thousands of Murrelets
Students Help Monitor Marbled Murrelets in SE AK

By Kristen Romanoff, ADF&G

Peering through binoculars, I watched as scores of marbled murrelets streamed out of Snettisham Inlet, 30 miles south of Juneau.

In mid-July I joined Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Matt Kirchhoff and four university interns to conduct a day-long survey of murrelets near the inlet's mouth. Kirchhoff had been running boat-based transects in Stephens Passage for several weeks and had observed large murrelet concentrations. Snettisham seemed to be a hot spot and Kirchhoff was ...   Murrelets ArticleContinued

Fish and Wildlife Management
Who Makes the Rules?

By Diana Cote, ADF&G

Alaska has a unique fish and game regulatory process that, perhaps more than any other state, allows for public participation in the development of regulations. This public process stems from the strong emphasis placed upon fish and wildlife resources in the Alaska State Constitution. The process involves thousands of Alaskans each year as they propose changes to the rules that govern the taking, use, and protection of the fish and wildlife in this state.

When Alaska assumed management ...   F&G Management ArticleContinued

Original Alaska Names by the Original People

By James Kari and James Fall

When Europeans began exploring Alaska in the late 18th and 19th centuries, the Upper Cook Inlet region was home to dozens of Dena'ina (Tanaina) Athabaskan villages. The people of the region were supported by the same rich and diverse fish and wildlife resources Alaskans enjoy today.

The familiar natural features of the area – rivers, lakes, bays, ridges, mountains and passes – all had Dena'ina names, which passed from generation to generation through an oral tradition of stories and songs. ...   Place Names ArticleContinued