As Chinook salmon make it to spawning grounds in Canada, subsistence fishing along the Yukon ebbs as fishermen await fall chums.
Along the Yukon River, Alaska’s intense summer wildland fires and ongoing gear restrictions for subsistence fishermen are keeping fishing to a minimum.
Despite another year of exceptionally low king salmon runs, managers along the Yukon River say there should be a strong summer chum run and a chance for small, incidental take of Chinook.
Commercial salmon values were at record highs across Norton Sound this summer.
Helena Oxereok said her dog was charged several times before her brother shot and killed the bull muskox.
Officials at Fish and Game say it’s been a good year for red king crab — so good, in fact, that the harvest was roughly 6,000 pounds over the guideline harvest limit.
Wood bison have been extinct in Alaska for over one hundred years, but a new population will be released along the Lower Yukon River near Shageluk in early 2015.
A strong fall chum run of 850,000 fish expected, and Fish and Game managers say that should be more than enough to meet subsistence and commercial needs.
If you live near the Norton Sound, get ready for salmon.
Some subsistence users blame gold miners and regulators for failing to take into account the negative impacts mining is having on other resources around Nome.