Gov. Sean Parnell told a convention room full of Alaska Natives something they are keenly aware of: It’s been a tough year for king salmon runs.
Parnell was among speakers opening the annual convention of Alaska Federation of Natives Thursday in Anchorage.
The weak runs of king salmon that kept freezers low for subsistence fishermen is expected to be a key topic at the three-day gathering at the downtown Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. The poor salmon runs led to bans that some Native fishermen defied and to a federal disaster declaration. Those attending also called for more hunting and fishing rights so they could better pursue their subsistence lifestyle.