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Lecture scheduled on Alaska salmon traps


October 21, 2013
Monday PM

jpg Lecture scheduled on Alaska salmon traps

James Mackovjak
Photo courtesy UAF Cooperative Extension Service

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Gustavus author and historian James Mackovjak will give a free public lecture, “Alaska Salmon Traps: Their History and Impact on Alaska Communities” from noon to 2:30 pm, Tuesday. The lecture will be offered by videoconference at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus and will also be streamed online.

Alaska statesman Vic Fischer will introduce Mackovjak, who has written five books on Alaska history, including his most recent, “Alaska Salmon Traps.” Mackovjak describes salmon traps as “among the most efficient fish-catching devices the world has even seen.” The Alaska Legislature banned the controversial traps after Alaska became a state.

Mackovjak's lecture will be held at the Anchorage Cooperative Extension office and is also being offered by videoconference on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, the Petersburg Public Library and other University campus locations in Kodiak, Homer, Bethel and Ketchikan.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and the Institute of Social and Economic Research are co-sponsoring the lecture.

The lecture on Alaska salmon traps will be streamed online live at


Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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