Working Groups

Working Groups

There are four working groups:
Working Group on Stock Assessment
Working Group on Salmon Marking
Working Group on Stock Identification
International Year of the Salmon Working Group

Working Group on Stock Assessment

The Working Group on Stock Assessment was established in 1995 to coordinate statistics and data analysis for assessments of Salmonid Stock Status.

WGSA Terms of Reference
Stock Assessment Expertise/Interests

Chairperson: Andrew Munro (USA)

Members:
Canada: Antonio Velez-Espino, Sue Grant
Japan: Hayato Saneyoshi, Toshihiko Saito, Hirokazu Urabe, Kentaro Honda
Korea: Jong Kuk Choi, Na Ri Kim, Chung Il Lee
Russia: Denis Kotsiuk, Sergei Marchenko, Evgenyi Shevlyakov, Alexander Bugaev
USA: Laurie Peterson, Neala Kendall, Bill Templin, Andrew Munro

Working Group on Salmon Marking

The Working Group on Salmon Marking was established in 1998 on ad hoc basis and was changed to a full working group in 1999. This working group was exclusively a forum for exchanging otolith marking plans, worked to reduce mark conflicts and duplicate marks, and managed the otolith mark library and database (housed at Alaska Department of Fish and Game). In 2016 the Working Group on Salmon Marking was merged with the Working Group on Salmon Tagging, and the new working group retained the name of Working Group on Salmon Marking. This working group is responsible for otolith marking and salmon tagging.

WGSM Terms of Reference

Chairperson: Dion Oxman (USA)

Members:
Canada: John Holmes, Chrys Neville
Japan: Shunpei Sato, Kazuyuki Yamaya
Korea: Ju Kyoung Kim, Seong Min Yun
Russia: Maria Dolgikh, Elena Akinicheva, Alexander Bugaev, Aleksei Yamborko
USA: Lance Campbell, Chris Kondzela, Dion Oxman

Working Group on Stock Identification

The Working Group on Stock Identification was established in 1999 on an ad hoc basis and was changed to a full working group in 2011. Its goals are to develop, standardize, and disseminate genetic and other databases among the Parties, to encourage the development of new genetic technologies, and to facilitate the dissemination of statistical techniques.

WGSI Terms of Reference

Instruction of sampling salmon tissues for DNA stock identification: Click Here

Chairperson: Bill Templin

Members:
Canada: Terry Beacham, Kristi Miller-Saunders
Japan: Shunpei Sato
Korea: Eun Ah Kim, Sang-Seon Yun, Taeho Yoon
Russia: Alexander Bugaev, Nina Shpigalskaya, Anna Lapshina
USA: Chris Kondzela, Jim Seeb, Lisa Seeb, Bill Templin, Ken Warheit

International Year of the Salmon Working Group

The International Year of the Salmon (IYS) is a plan and concept currently being explored by the NPAFC. The IYS (2018–2019) is conceived as an intensive burst of internationally coordinated, interdisciplinary, stimulating scientific research focused on salmon and their relation to people. New technologies, new observations, and new analytical methods, some developed exclusively during the IYS, will be focused on knowledge gaps that prevent a clear understanding of the future of salmon in a rapidly changing world.

IYS Working Group Terms of Reference

Chairperson: Mark Saunders (Canada)

Members:
Canada: Jim Irvine, Mark Saunders, Sue Grant, Jackie King
Japan: Shunpei Sato, Kengo Suzuki, Shigehiko Urawa
Korea: Eun Ah Kim, Ju Kyoung Kim, Suam Kim, Sang-Seon Yun
Russia: Igor Melnikov, Alexey Somov
USA: Andy Gray, Dion Oxman, Ed Farley

Past Working Groups

Working Group on Salmon Tagging – discontinued 2016

The Working Group on Salmon Tagging (WGST) was established in 2007 to manage the INPFC-NPAFC salmon tagging and recovery database and to coordinate high seas tagging experiments. The INPFC and NPAFC member nations conducted salmon tagging experiments in high seas areas of the North Pacific Ocean and adjacent seas since the 1950s to investigate the ocean distribution and migration of salmon stocks. The salmon tagging and recovery database, which resulted from international cooperative research activities, can be useful towards conserving salmon stocks in the North Pacific ecosystem and linking population dynamics of salmon stocks with the ecosystem structure and function of the North Pacific.

WGST Terms of Reference

Chairperson: Shigehiko Urawa (Japan)

Members:
Canada: Mark Saunders
Japan: Shigehiko Urawa
Korea: Ju Kyoung Kim, Do Hyun Lee
Russia: Alex Bugaev, Max Koval
USA: Jeff Guyon, Dion Oxman, Robert Walker

BASIS Working Group (Bering-Aleutian Salmon International Survey) – discontinued 2015

The BASIS Working Group was established in 2001. Its task is to coordinate individual national BASIS research plans, draft an annual implementation plan, summarize BASIS results in an annual report, and prepare proposals for external funding.

BASIS Working Group Terms of Reference

Chairperson: Ed Farley (USA)

Members:
Canada: Marc Trudel
Japan: Tomonori Azumaya, Kentaro Morita, Toru Nagasawa, Shunpei Sato
Korea: Kwan Eui Hong, Ju Kyoung Kim
Russia: Olga Temnykh, Svetlana Naydenko, Alex Zavolokin
USA: Ed Farley, Jamal Moss, Kate Myers, Jim Seeb, Ken Warheit