The legislature funded a 2-year study to compile and test a coho salmon genetic baseline for MSA in Cook Inlet. This funding resulted in a baseline that contains 84 populations from throughout Cook Inlet. However, the high levels of variation detected among populations of coho salmon require increased representation of existing populations within drainages to identify finer-scale reporting groups. The current baseline has three gaps that need to be filled before it can be used for MSA within the Susitna River Drainage or to provide more fine-scale reporting groups within Upper Cook Inlet. We propose to collect samples from spawning aggregates of coho salmon in Yentna and Knik river tributaries missing from the current baseline. Samples will also be collected from coho salmon passing the weirs on Deshka River and Jim Creek.
Timeline: December 2015-December 2018
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