Indigenous Fisheries

Long before state regulations were put into place, Alaska Natives managed their fisheries.  There was no need to take more than needed, respect for nature; using all that was taken… nothing wasted ~ was a way of life.  The traditional knowledge can be incorporated into scientific knowledge; together forming policies protecting a sustainable way of life.

Does the cultural need to seasonally provide for everyone in the tribe’s annual needs conflict with Alaska state regulations?

This private impromptu video shows the shock and outrage at the perhaps unnecessarily harsh actions of Alaska’s State Officials.

Alaska State Officials seized king salmon cut fishing nets from Alaska Native subsistence fishermen

In recognition of the rights of the Alaska Natives, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, has established 8 criterions to determine the appropriateness of Alaska Native subsistence fishers catch.

NOAA also recognizes Alaska Native subsistence for individual harvests; i.e., marine mammals, “Alaska Natives have a long history of self-regulation, based on the need to ensure a sustainable take of marine mammals for food and handicrafts. Co-management promotes full and equal participation by Alaska Natives in decisions affecting the subsistence management of marine mammals (to the maximum extent allowed by law) as a tool for conserving marine mammal populations in Alaska.”

Does the current situation resonate with the Alaska Natives’ inherent knowledge and respect for the environment while providing for their own?  This is certainly a topic requiring much more research.  Actually, traditional knowledge of the indigenous is a rich topic that many are interested in.  “To improve and expand the application of local and traditional knowledge, an inventory is in the process of being created by the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Artic (ELOKA) to monitor and obtain basic descriptive, location, and citation information of local and traditional knowledge programs, projects or datasets.”  ELOKA – TEK & LTK: Community Based Monitoring Data Set Inventory.



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