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King salmon bycatch, intercepted as well.
By Michael A. Jimmy


May 14, 2010
Friday PM

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
Emmonak, AK


Received May 12, 2010 - Published May 14, 2010


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