WWF-Russia organized an educational trip to Alaska for Kamchatka students
Two students of the Department of "Marine Resouces, Fisheries and Aquaculture" of Kamchatka State Technical University took part in the work of the summer school on the management of Pacific salmon stocks. Classes organized by the universities of Washington and Alaska took place at the base of the biological station on Aleknagik Lake.
In addition to participating in the summer school, students of Kamchatka State Technical University visited the city of Cordova, where they met with representatives of various public and scientific organizations. The meetings were devoted to the features of the organization and management of salmon in Prince William Sound, assessments of the habitat of salmon and other aquatic organisms.
In 2019, 30 years have passed since the collapse of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker in Prince William Sound. The disaster of 1989 caused enormous damage to the environment, and its effects are still felt. The students met with the participants in the liquidation of the oil spill, with scientific experts who have been studying the consequences of technological disasters of this kind for many years.
The internship organizers are sure: the knowledge gained during classes and meetings will help students in their future work, and will help to form ideas about alternative ways of managing the fishery.