The first months of 2020 were busy ones for CDA. On February 21, new CDA board member John Siegfried and I attended the 3rd annual Copper River Salmon Harvesters Roundtable organized by The Copper River Watershed Project. The meeting took place at the native village of Tazlina's community hall. Representatives from the Sport, Personal Use, Commercial and Subsistence user groups were in attendance. Users related changes they are seeing in their fishery over time as well as changes to the fish they catch (size, health, run timing). Several scientific Copper River salmon presentations were given
- Ocean climate and Gulf of Alaska salmon
- Integrated study of spawning migration, energetics and pathogens in Copper River salmon
- In-river abundance, spawning distribution and run timing of Copper River chinook salmon
- Sonar technology update
As in previous roundtables, allocation of salmon between user groups was off limits, so the meeting was not so contentious.