The Corkline

  • Salmon, Sonar, & Sustainability: Part 1

    May 29

    My name is Shane Shepherd and I’ve spent the past 10 summers on the Copper River in Alaska, as part of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) Miles Lake sonar project. The goal of the project is to estimate the number of sockeye and Chinook ...

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  • NETwork Recycling Program

    Feb 20

    Sustainability and conservation are Alaskan values. The fishing families of south-central Alaska are independent, small business owners dedicated to long-term sustainability of wild salmon stocks, the environment and way of life. Our passion not only preserves our livelihood but also ensures abundance for future generations.  Gillnetting is a common ...

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  • Fish Forest Fungus

    Oct 4

    The connection between fungus and fish goes deeper than just culinary delights. They are a part of a symbiotic cycle that keeps our forests and fisheries healthy. Salmon are a keystone species for the ecosystems in which they live. This means that all other living things depend on salmon in ...

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  • Siren Song of the Copper River

    Jul 8

    My name is Iris Fletcher. I was born and raised in Homer, attended University of Alaska Fairbanks to attain my bachelor’s degree in Fisheries, Biology, and Marine Sciences, and briefly lived in Anchorage before moving (technically) back to Homer. I say technically because I currently have remote seasonal ...

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  • Lessons on the Copper River Delta: A Salmon System​​​​

    Apr 2

    Lessons on the Copper River Delta: A Salmon System Words and photos by Kate Morse        Where the mountains meet the sea—and where humpbacks swim nearby….that’s what drew me fresh from college (and the East Coast) up to Cordova, AK. I might have applied ...

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  • Why Wild Salmon Need Snow

    Jan 17

    Winter in Alaska is marked by especially cold temperatures and short days. Here in Southcentral Alaska, along the Gulf Coast we also see an increased potential of heavy snowfall. This dense, coastal snow is both beautiful and beneficial to the surrounding ecosystem. Temperate maritime air from the Gulf of Alaska ...

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  • Fish, Forest and Fungus

    Aug 23

    Every fall in coastal Alaska summer abundance begins to wane as the seasons shift. Nowhere will this change become more evident than in the coastal forests where the streams are full of salmon and the forest floor is covered in mushrooms; hedgehogs, porcinis and winter chanterelles. These wild treats are ...

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  • Salmon Lifecycle: Part 2

    May 6

    The Journey Spring has sprung, earlier this year than nearly ever before. Baby salmon are awake and moving. They are growing eagerly under the sunlight that’s increasing by minutes each day. By now they’ve used up the last of the energy stores left to them by ...

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  • Fat Fish: Why Copper River Salmon Fat is So Good For You

    Jan 27

    You’ve probably heard of “Omega-3s” and their role in a healthy diet. Maybe you’ve heard that these fatty acids can be found in abundance in some seafood, or that they are heart-healthy. But have you ever wondered what makes this super-lipid SO important ...

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  • Salmon in the Schools

    Jan 12

    Connecting the dots between beginning and end, students in the Copper River region get a special experience each winter with the addition of a specialized salmon tank in the classroom. The tank currently houses coho salmon eggs, though that will quickly change as the eggs morph into alevin and then ...

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