Explore Bristol Bay headwaters with a Conservancy field crew.
In 2008-2010, Conservancy field teams conducted anadromous fish surveys in the lakes and streams of the Nushagak-Mulchatna and Kvichak headwaters.
The field research in the upper reaches of the Nushagak and Kvichak has demonstrated that virtually all water bodies in the area are important for salmon. In fact, salmon were documented in approximately 75 percent of the streams surveyed, many of them small streams less than 10 feet wide. These healthy watersheds are essential for migrating salmon, rearing salmon, and spawning salmon in Bristol Bay.
The lakes and streams identified by the Conservancy are now eligible for the most stringent safeguards currently available under Alaska state law.
Nominated stream reaches in 2010:
Nominated stream reaches in 2009:
Nominated stream reaches in 2008:
Field crews used sampling protocols developed by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Field volunteers relied on electro-fishing to gather data such as species presence and size.October 12, 2012