Importance of Alaska Subsistence Salmon Harvest

December 02, 2019

Native voices from the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region

Tribal salmon harvest. Photo: Jennie Franks, NOAA Fisheries

Tribal harvest salmon processing

Salmon harvest is a lifeline for many in rural Alaska, where subsistence fishing provides food security for communities that otherwise must pay high prices for food staples. The Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, funded by Congress and administered by NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region, promotes the recovery of Pacific salmon populations that support native subsistence fishing to ensure they remain healthy and sustainable for generations to come.

To mark Native American Heritage month, this story map highlights subsistence fishing in Alaska’s Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim and what it means to those who depend on it.

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on December 02, 2019