After a break between the summer chum and the fall chum runs, “fish camps are coming to life again” along the Yukon River, fishermen say.
As more than $2.6 million is paid out to summer crab and salmon fishermen, NSEDC’s board met in August to discuss commercial fishing in Norton Sound and beyond.
Educator Cultural Camp taught teachers berry picking, fishing, and the importance of culturally relevant curriculum.
Despite a slow run that’s left Yukon fisherman waiting for fall chum, Jeff Estensen with Fish and Game said “(by) all accounts, it definitely seems like we have a pulse of fish going upriver.”
Western Alaska is in midst of one of the best salmon runs in decades, and that means fishermen are catching record numbers of chum.
As Chinook salmon make it to spawning grounds in Canada, subsistence fishing along the Yukon ebbs as fishermen await fall chums.
Troopers discovered an abandoned 60-foot subsistence gillnet on the Yukon River with over 50 rotten fish, including 8 Chinook salmon.
Along the Yukon River, Alaska’s intense summer wildland fires and ongoing gear restrictions for subsistence fishermen are keeping fishing to a minimum.
Yukon salmon managers anticipated an early season for both Chinook and chum, but now, both runs are looking closer to average – that’s why they say most communities along the Yukon currently have empty fish racks.
Summer chum and Chinook salmon have begun their runs along the Yukon River.