J Carter-Hansen/U of Washington/UW News. Sockeye salmon migrate up an Alaskan stream to spawn.

When the University of Washington launched its Alaska Salmon Program 66 years ago, researchers were tasked with determining why Alaska’s sockeye salmon catches had declined by over 50% in just 20 years: from 22 million fish per year to 10 million. At that time the fundamental biology of salmon was poorly known and there were no long-term studies integrating salmon and their ecosystems in a holistic manner, SAFS‘ Thomas Quinn wrote in a history of the program and the five field camps UW established. Learn how far this program has come and what they’re doing now! SAFS‘ scientists Hilborn, Schindler, Hauser, Seeb and Seeb are also mentioned.