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2019-20 LECTURE - 03/19/20

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Larry Gilbertson, Senior Scientist, Quinault Department of Fisheries

"Quinault Blueback - An Uncertain Future"

Quinault Blueback, a unique strain of sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka) that returns almost exclusively to the Quinault River, is deeply tied to Quinault Indian culture. Spawning in the upper Quinault, rearing in Lake Quinault, and returning to the river after 2 or three years in the ocean, the runs of Blueback have been adversely affected by marine ecosystem conditions and spawning habitat degradation for years. 

Larry Gilbertson has spent 54 years working in fisheries and aquatic sciences and natural resources management. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1965 and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in 1980, both from the University of Washington. His work experiences have included: environmental monitoring and assessment for marine impacts of underground nuclear detonations on Amchitka Island, Alaska; effects of industrial oil field development on nearshore fish migrations and survival in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska; factors limiting production of sockeye salmon in the Wood River Lakes, Bristol Bay, Alaska; factors limiting the distribution and production of coho salmon in the Snohomish River system, Washington; impact assessments of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill on salmon populations and fisheries in Southcentral Alaska; and providing scientific leadership for fisheries resources management and protection for the Quinault Indian Nation.

$10 Admission at the door each Thursday evening. $50 season tickets available at Coastal Interpretive Center or at the first two lectures.

Shilo Inn, Ocean Shores, 6:30 p.m.