It Takes a Village: Unalaska Keeps 20-Year Salmon Data Set Going Even Without a Commercial Fishery
Sockeye salmon runs are so important to the residents of Unalaska that the mayor, city council members, Unalaska Native Fishermen's Association (UNFA), APICDA the regional CDQ group, the local Fish and Game Advisory Committee, and local business leaders made sure that the annual surveys counting returning salmon would continue even after the McLees Lake weir was shut down in 2018.
The salmon returning to the island’s three lakes are caught only for subsistence purposes for the remote island's 4,400 residents. Unalaska is 800 ...
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