Talk of Alaska: Yukon River Salmon

Closeup of a child using an ulu to clean a salmon.
Nicole Long uses an ulu to cut her first salmon in two years. Her parents say that the Yukon River salmon crash has put her back a few years when it comes to processing fish. (Katie Basile / Alaska Public Media)

For generations, Alaska Native people along the Yukon River have depended on a steady supply of salmon for a healthy source of protein to sustain them through the long winter. But king and chum salmon subsistence fishing has been closed to Yukon River families for the past two years, affecting both diets and cultural tradition. What are the factors behind the low runs? We’ll discuss it on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

GUESTS:

  • Katie Howard – Fisheries scientist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Shannon Erhart – Tanana Chiefs Conference tribal stewardship deputy director
  • Deena Jallin – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force meeting

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2022 at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at ltownsend@alaskapublic.org or call 907-350-2058.