Dunleavy Administration Coordinates Salmon Donations to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region – Mike Dunleavy
July 23, 2021 (Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Department of Fisheries and Game, under the direction of Governor Mike Dunleavy, is coordinating salmon donations to families in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region following the closure of the Chinook and Chum fishery in the Yukon River due to low yields. The department works with Sea Share, Alaska-based fish processors (Alaska General Seafoods, Leader Creek Fisheries, North Pacific Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Icicle, Silver Bay Seafoods and Trident Seafoods), Lynden, Northern Air Cargo, Everts and Alaska Air to fly donates fish to Emmonak and Fairbanks for distribution to villages along the Yukon River. Kwik’pak, the Association of Village Council Presidents, and the Tanana Chiefs Conference are also helping with the distribution.
“It’s great to see Alaskans working together to help other Alaskans in need” Governor Dunleavy said. âCommunities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region rely on good runs of salmon as a way to feed their families year-round, and they’ve undoubtedly felt the impact this year due to the low returns. Donations from seafood processors, the transportation of fish by the Alaska freight industry, and the coordination of the delivery of fish to villages by the various associations show what can be accomplished when help is needed. . I would also like to thank Sea Share for their coordination efforts.
“The closures are necessary to protect and preserve the salmon runs, but this has prevented families from practicing their traditions and fishing for salmon to store it for the winter” said Doug Vincent-Lang, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fisheries and Game. âThis decision was difficult, given the impact it would have on families living on the Yukon River. However, it was necessary to ensure that future generations could benefit from these resources.
“The Ministry of Fisheries and Game has also recently opened fishing for pink salmon, sockeye salmon and coho salmon as well as several species other than salmon using selective gear”, said Commissioner Vincent-Lang. âWe recognize the importance of Chinook and Chum Salmon to the people of the Yukon. While we may not be able to provide fishing opportunities for these species this year, we hope these opportunities will help fill people’s freezers.
Governor Dunleavy approved the use of additional funds to purchase more fish and asked the Department of Fisheries and Game to continue working with Sea Share and others to purchase and distribute more fish in the coming weeks. .