Salmon Stream Habitat Assessment

Hydaburg Cooperative Association has implemented a Salmon Stream Habitat Assessment program to assess anadromous stream habitat to properly classify stream systems and to nominate any assessed streams that qualify under state criteria as “fish habitat” for cataloging.

Jim Giese, Minnie Kadake, Herbert Nix and Tony Sanderson next to the Hetta Fish Weir


Partnering with the Sustainable Salmon Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Kai Environmental, and the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Hydaburg Cooperative Association is working to assess anadromous stream habitat to ensure that everything is accurately classified in order to maximize the amount of protection available for habitat in areas of concern facing growing development. The information collected provides baseline data on fish habitat in the stream systems identified.


The stream assessments collect data on salmon habitat, how far up the watersheds salmon are present and map out the watershed systems using GPS, noting special attention items such as beaver dams, or fresh blow down trees.


Salmon fry that was caught in a fish trap
Tony Sanderson setting a fish trap and measuring depth of stream


There are currently 5 staff working on this assessment program, which benefits the fish stocks within the Hydaburg area’s stream systems as well as State and Federal Fish and Wildlife programs, permitting agencies, and local commercial and subsistence users.



Tony Sanderson, Minnie Kadake and Jim Giese doing stream assessment work



For more information on this project, please contact:
Charles Peele, TNC Stewardship Conservation Planner
Hydaburg Cooperative Association
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(907) 766-3745
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