UAF Group Receives Philanthropic Grant to Aid Chignik Region Communities


The community of Chignik Bay on the Alaska Peninsula. Photo by Chris Maio

A University of Alaska Fairbanks coastal organization has received a $590,000 philanthropic grant to map rapidly changing watersheds of the Chignik region on the Alaska Peninsula. 

The project is in part a response to the region’s repeated salmon fishery collapses, which researchers say are partly due to alterations to fish habitat by shoreline changes and other geomorphic factors. 

The region has seen extreme high water levels related to more frequent storm flooding, causing increased erosion that has affected subsistence fishing areas and community infrastructure.

The grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will

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