This fall Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA) worked in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s (ADF&G) Kenai office to conduct surveys of salmonid species in 2 tributaries of Japanese Creek. Although both were suspected of being anadramous, neither one had been surveyed in the past to verify this. Matt Gray, RBCA’s watershed coordinator, along with an ADF&G field biologist & visiting high school youth groups placed minnow traps in several areas along the length of the creeks in order to capture smolt. The trapping was a success and they were able to document Dolly Varden & Coho salmonids along the length of both creeks. These tributaries will now be listed in ADF&G’s Anadramous Water Catalog (AWC) & will be protected from negative impacts such as development. Much of the AWC data of waterways in the Seward area is 20-30 years old & new tributaries have formed in those ensuing years. RBCA hopes to be able to continue surveying other local creeks in order to determine their anadramous status and afford them the protection they deserve.
RBCA would like to thank the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Mountaineers Foundation for providing funding that made this project possible.