ASF Making News

March 14, 2019

The Alaska Salmon Fellows (ASF) program, now in its 2nd year, facilitates demanding conversations about salmon issues among leaders from a cross section of salmon policy, management, industry, activism, research, and cultural sectors. The program intends to build new and stronger connections across sectors, share lessons and deepen understanding, and advance systemic changes to address challenges.


Each cohort forms project teams of Fellows who work together to define, propose, and implement innovative Alaska salmon/people systems change initiatives during their Fellowship. 


ASF in the News

  • Brooke Wright (ASF2), Chair, Charlie Wright (ASF1), Commissioner, and Stephanie Quinn Davidson (ASF2), Director - all of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission were part of a 14-member delegation representing the Yukon River region during a January meeting of the Alaska Board of Fish.

  • Utilizing the community conversation facilitation training she has received from the Forum, Donna Aderhold (ASF2) recently facilitated an Opioid Task Force meeting in Homer. The goal of the dialogue was to support more direct engagement with the community.  

  • Ricky Gease (ASF1) has been appointed Director of State Parks.

  • Ben Mohr (ASF1) has been selected to serve as the executive director of Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

  • Donna Aderhold (ASF2) and the Forum’s Leadership Programs Director, Jennifer Gibbins, recently facilitated a conversation for the US Fish and Wildlife Service around conservation and the relationship between federal managers and private land owners. 

  • Elsa Sebastian (ASF1) will lead an expedition circumnavigating Prince of Wales on her sailboat, the Murrelet, with a team of researchers and film makers. The expedition will examine potential impacts resulting from proposed changes to the Roadless Rule.


ASF Project Highlights


Salmon Values
Results from the Salmon Values team (ASF1 - Ben Stevens, Ben Mohr, and Ricky Gease) will be presented during the March Alaska Board of Fish meeting. The team deployed canvassing surveys during the November 2018 election cycle to collect data on non-economic values of salmon.  The team's short-term goal was to explore and highlight academic measures of non-economic values of salmon. Longer-term, the team hopes that their efforts would facilitate better incorporation of non-economic values of salmon in decision making processes, so that benefits derived by salmon are distributed in a more sustainable and equitable manner.

Salmon Shadows
Anjuli Grantham (ASF1) and Mark Young (ASF2) held a Salmon Shadows event in Fairbanks. The Salmon Shadows project utilizes art, visual projects, and spoken word moments as springboards for public conversation surrounding the past and the future of salmon in Alaska.


Actor Map Roadshow
Catie Bursch, Stephanie Quinn-Davidson and Matt Rafferty have kicked off a Salmon & People Actor Map Roadshow. The ASF2 team is facilitating eight separate sector workshops around the state, including one in conjunction with the March Alaska Board of Fish meeting in Anchorage. During the workshops participants from a specific sector create a visual depiction from their perspective of the key organizations and individuals that influence Alaska's salmon/people system. The workshop explores relationships within the system, revealing connections, blockages and potential opportunities. The team will collect and analyze data from all eight workshops as a baseline study surrounding equity and sustainability. 














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