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Identifying Climate Vulnerabilities and Prioritizing Adaptation Strategies for Eulachon Populations in Southeast Alaska

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Conservation Planning and Design, Vulnerability Assessment

The eulachon is a small fish that is both highly nutritious and culturally significant to the Chilkat and Chilkoot peoples of the Tlingit Nation in Southeast Alaska, for whom it is a traditional food. Tribal members are increasingly concerned about how climate change might stress the health and abundance of eulachon populations, which are already perceived as being low. In order to successfully manage these fisheries in light of climate change, tribal communities need information about how euchalon are vulnerable and which management strategies will help the species adapt. For this project, researchers used climate projections, monitoring data, and traditional ecological knowledge to assess the climate change vulnerability of eulachon in the Chilkoot and Chilkat rivers near Haines, Alaska. A local working group of tribal experts and other stakeholders then identified and ranked where eulachon are most vulnerable and prioritized adaptation strategies for managers.

Project Documents

Start Date 9/17/2013

End Date 3/31/2016

Project Status Completed

Funding$74,978, co-funded by the Alaska Climate Science Center

Fiscal Year Funded 2013

Project Managers Brad Ryan - Chilkoot Indian Association

Partners Takshanuk Watershed Council , Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Geographic Area Alaska