Kamchatka and Alaska students took part in an exchange program
Russian and American exchange participants studied the salmon on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and Bristol Bay watershed, and on Kamchatka’s Kol River which flows in to the Sea of Okhotsk. The four-week exchange provided the opportunity for one professor and two fisheries students from each university to learn about salmon field research techniques and fishery management in both countries.
“The research station on Lake Aleknagik is famous for studying salmon biology,” explained Dr. Alexander Bonk (KSTU).
“At this lake Russian and American students participated in a research activity of Prof. Tom Quinn. The study was mainly focused on connections between sockeye salmon and predators – eagles and bears.”
After two weeks in Alaska, the group flew to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski and then to the Kol River Biostation. During next ten days the Americans saw how field research is taught in Russia and had an opportunity to participate in one.
WWF’s primary goal for the exchange was to promote learning of the science behind sustainable salmon management in order to build management capacity in Kamchatka. WWF hopes that both universities will continue to exchange students, faculty, and ideas that will support sustained salmon runs long into the future on both sides of the Bering Sea.