Salmon Blitz is a citizen science research program led by the Copper River Watershed Project. WISE participates as a research and education partner, helping with field work and school programs.
Salmon Blitz was developed in 2013 to engage citizen scientists in documenting salmon habitat in the Copper River watershed. Volunteers assist in the field and collect the data necessary to nominate stream and lake habitat for listing in the State of Alaska’s Anadromous Waters Catalog. This catalog is the tool used by Alaska Department of Fish and Game to track all known bodies of water used by salmon, trout, and other anadromous species for spawning, migrating and rearing. Currently not all streams are documented, creating an opportunity for local volunteers to have fun in the field, learn about local fish species and their habitat, and contribute valuable data to support management of these culturally and economically valuable natural resources.