King salmon bycatch, intercepted
By Michael A. Jimmy
May 14, 2010
This is good news for the chum salmon but for our mighty King
salmon which also returns to migrate back to its spawning ground
as far as the Yukon Territory in Canada does not do so well for
us down here at Emmonak. Most of them, vital for our survival
as subsistence and for economic benefit are caught as bycatch
or intercepted before they have a chance to make it to the AYK
and South Eastern Fisheries. This will be our third year this
summer not being able to commercial fish for the mighty Yukon
river king salmon. The fat content of this fish far surpasses
the chum as well as the coho salmon.
If the Western Alaska Community
Development Quota Program, Bering Sea Pollock Trawl Fisheries
and the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone were to lower their catches,
interceptions and tossing the king salmon, their food and other
marine resources which they depend on for over six to seven years
in the Bering Sea, the king salmon would be the head line of
the day, not the little chum salmon. Thank you.
Michael A. Jimmy
Natural Resource Specialist
Emmonak Tribal Council
Received May 12, 2010 - Published
May 14, 2010
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