This plan is intended to encompass the interests of governing agencies and partners in guiding funds towards research, monitoring and evaluation projects selected to manage, protect and improve Mat-Su Borough salmon stocks for optimum benefits while maintaining biological productivity and diversity. The plan is concerned with all five salmon species (Chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and pink). The focal area includes fresh and estuarine waters inhabited by salmon originating from the Mat-Su Borough, as well as marine waters of the Northern and Central Districts of Upper Cook Inlet north of Anchor Point. The period of the plan is the next three to five years.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has received an appropriation of State Capital Funds (FY2014) for salmon fisheries and protection. To guide expenditure of a portion of these funds, the Mat-Su Fish and Wildlife Commission has directed preparation of this research, monitoring and evaluation (RM&E) Plan for Borough salmon.