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The first russian-american textbook on Pacific salmon will appear next year

23 august 2018
With financial support from WWF, scientists from two countries – Megan McPhee, Ph.D., and Dr. Alexander Bonk – plan to publish the textbook next February.

A number of meetings of Russian and American students, who study Pacific salmon, led their teachers to an idea of writing a textbook which would mitigate differences in the level of education. Russian and American specialists tend to have different approaches to education, salmon systematization, fish hatchery, stock management. Both sides, however, have a long history of research work and a store of knowledge to prove their points.

The differences in education, though, become vivid when American and Russian students participate in some joint training courses. The knowledge of another kind of approaches will not just make students more intelligent. It will help them to take a look at familiar problems from the other side and maybe implement the experience of the other country in their future work for the better.

Megan McPhee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fisheries Division, and Dr. Alexander Bonk, the head of the Marine resources, fisheries, and aquaculture sub-department at KSTU, are both unanimous in their decision to bring ichthyology studying in Russian and the USA to a higher level.

“We plan to publish the textbook early next year. It will be a compendium of lectures divided into four parts. Each of the parts will be devoted to a particular problem of biology and ecology of salmon, stocks condition, and management. We also plan to follow them up with links to different studies in Russian and English language”, said Dr. Alexander Bonk.

It is worth saying that there is no comparable textbook on salmon in the Russian Far East.

For additional information please contact
Head of WWF Kamchatka/Bering Sea Ecoregional Office