Jun 16, 2009
Victoria explained why she hasn’t updated us recently about life in Ugashik…
“.. fishing hasn’t started here. Right now we are working on a number of things that are pretty boring or I would be writing about them…Internet is iffy right now but I will try and give an update on the garden and King fishing when I can.
Once her Internet connection is more reliable, Victoria will post a full garden update and keep us up to date with the daily life of the fishing season in Ugashik.
On a more serious note…
This year’s salmon run is expected to be even worse than last year’s.
Fisheries are being closed on the Yukon River early in the season to Alaska’s commercial and subsistence fishermen to make sure enough salmon make it to the spawning grounds in Canadian headwaters.
We need to meet US/Canada treaty obligations that require a certain number of salmon to return to spawn.
There are additional river closures based on worse-than-dismal fish counts because, even without treaty obligations, the rivers need enough fish to survive to spawn.
After enough salmon are counted passing through tracking weirs on the rural Alaskan rivers as they head toward their spawning grounds, fishing will be opened and life will get busy in the villages.
There is still a good chance there will not be enough state sanctioned fishing during this year’s run to prevent the same problems our neighbors faced last year. We need to help find long term solutions to the problems facing residents of modern rural Alaska while preserving their Native roots.
We have the luxury of time on our hands this summer. The problems have been identified and there’s time to write to our congressmen, monitor agencies that overlook fishing policy in Alaska and keep the issue of ensuring healthy fisheries for generations to come in the spotlight.
We’ll have more to come as the season progresses – just want all our friends to know that there’s still much to be done!