The first cohort of Alaska Salmon Fellows is wrapping up its pilot year with final projects. The program brings together different innovators in the state, from policy makers to artists, and prompts them to start discussions about the salmon industry.
An email from Mike Satre of Hecla Greens Creek Mine prompted the resolutions referral back to committee. Satre urged the Assembly to work the issue through state and provincial levels rather than trying to invoke international treaties.
Kodiak is gearing up to oppose what it considers a threat to its fisheries. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released a study last year that found a percentage of Kodiak area sockeye salmon are Cook Inlet fish. Some Cook Inlet fishermen now want to set caps for sockeye salmon in the Kodiak area.
Adult king salmon are returning to the Chilkat River at historically low numbers. The population has been decreasing over the past 10 years. In 2016, the Chilkat saw the lowest escapement estimate in about 25 years. Preliminary counts for 2017 show the downward trend is not letting up and fishing restrictions are likely to continue next year.
Increased control over natural resources, like fish, is a top priority for Kuskokwim tribes. One way to move in that direction is through collecting harvest data during fishing season, which helps with the difficult job of in-season management.