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.
Chairperson: Andrew Munro (USA)
Canada: Antonio Velez-Espino, Sue Grant
Japan: Hayato Saneyoshi, Hirokazu Urabe, Kentaro Honda, Koh Hasegawa
Korea: Jong Kuk Choi, Na Ri Kim, Chung Il Lee
Russia: Denis Kotsiuk, Alexey Somov, Albina Kanzeparova, Alexander Bugaev
USA: Laurie Peterson, Neala Kendall, Kathrine Howard, 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.
Chairperson: Dion Oxman (USA)
Canada: John Holmes, Chrys Neville
Japan: Miwa Yatsuya, Shunpei Sato, Kazuhiro Hida, Shigehiko Urawa
Korea: Jong Kuk Choi, Jae Chan Choi
Russia: Elena Akinicheva, Alexander Bugaev, Larisa Khovanskaya
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.
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Chairperson: Bill Templin
Canada: Terry Beacham, Kristi Miller-Saunders, Ben Sutherland
Japan: Shigehiko Urawa, Shunpei Sato, Yuhei Ogura
Korea: Young Jae Shin, Hae Ryeon Jeon
Russia: Alexander Bugaev, Nina Shpigalskaya, Anna Lapshina
USA: Chris Kondzela, Jim Seeb, Lisa Seeb, Bill Templin, Ken Warheit, Wes Larson, Sara Gilk-Baumer
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.
Chairperson: Mark Saunders (Canada)
Canada: Jackie King
Japan: Shunpei Sato, Shigehiko Urawa, Toshihiko Saito
Korea: Jong Kuk Choi, Young Jae Shin, Dong Wook Yang
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.
Chairperson: Shigehiko Urawa (Japan)
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.
Chairperson: Ed Farley (USA)
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