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Fishes of the Copper River Watershed: Results of Sampling, June 28-July 8, 2002
(2002)
  • Martin Koenig
  • Carson Jeffres
  • Joseph M. Wheaton, Utah State University
Abstract

Glacial river systems are commonly characterized as being relatively unproductive aquatic environments (Murphy et al. 1989). The Copper River in Alaska, with impressive runs of five Pacific salmon species, appears to defy this commonly held model. As part of the UC Davis Roy Shlemon course in watershed ecology (Geology 199, Profs. J. Mount and P. Moyle, instructors), we attempted to gain a better understanding of mechanisms that may be the basis of this unexpected productivity. We aimed to gain insights into what allows the fish of this system to thrive in such harsh environmental conditions and how the fish communities of the Copper River system change from the headwaters downstream into the estuary.

Keywords
  • Copper river,
  • Watershed sampling,
  • fish count
Publication Date
September, 2002
Comments
Roy Shlemon Course in Applied Watershed Science, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA
Citation Information
2002. Koenig M, Jeffres C and Wheaton JM. Fishes of the Copper River Watershed: Results of Sampling, June 28 to July 8, 2002. Roy Shlemon Course in Applied Watershed Science, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA .