What do low yields of chum mean for the sustenance of the Yukon River?



Two people collect donations of chum and king salmon for distribution to villages along the lower Yukon River. (Olivia Ebertz / KYUK)

The Chinook salmon fishery in the Yukon has been in decline for years, but this fall chum numbers also plummeted and all subsistence and commercial salmon fishing in the Yukon was closed. This left fishermen and families without a vital source of income and food for the coming winter. What do we know about the causes and consequences of the collapse of fisheries? How do communities react?

HOST: Lori Townsend


Brooke Woods, Chairman, Yukon River Intertribal Fish Commission

Arnold Demoski, Environmental Coordinator, Nulato Tribal Council

Alida Trainor, Subsistence Resource Specialist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Holly Carroll, Director of Yukon River Food Fisheries, US Fish and Wildlife Service



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