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: A. Munro (USA)
Canada: J. Irvine, M. Thiess, S. Grant
Japan: Y. Miyakoshi, T. Saito
Korea: D.H. Lee, N.R. Kim, C.H. Lee
Russia: N. Klovach, V. Shevlyakov, A. Kaev
USA: R. Lincoln, E. Neatherlin, B. Templin, A. 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: D. Oxman (USA)
Canada: J. Holmes, C. Neville
Japan: S. Sato, K. Yamaya, S. Urawa
Korea: J.K. Kim, C.H. Jeon, S.M. Yun
Russia: E. Akinicheva, A. Bugaev, V. Volobuev, A. Yamborko
USA: L. Campbell, J. Guyon, D. 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: J. Guyon (USA)
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: M. Saunders (Canada)
Canada: J. Irvine, M. Saunders, S. Grant
Japan: S. Sato, K. Suzuki, S. Urawa
Korea: J.K. Kim, H.N. Kim, S. Kim
Russia: I. Melnikov, M. Koval
USA: A. Gray, D. Oxman, E. 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: S. 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: E. Farley (USA)
Canada: M. Trudel
Japan: T. Azumaya, K. Morita, T. Nagasawa, S. Sato
Korea: K.E. Hong, J.K. Kim
Russia: O. Temnykh, S. Naydenko, A. Zavolokin
USA: E. Farley, J. Moss, K. Myers, J. Seeb, K. Warheit