Sitka’s Fish & Game Advisory committee wants to revive a local bear working group, to look for solutions to the high number of kills in the community this season -- but some members did not to see more fines or penalties.
Despite the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning -- or PSP -- Southeast Alaska has a robust dive fishery that includes geoduck clams. The entire industry hinges on weekly testing results from the Department of Environmental Conservation laboratory in Anchorage. This scenario could change in the not-too-distant future, as Sitka Tribe of Alaska seeks to open an independent testing lab for Southeast.
Of all the traditional seafoods in Southeast Alaska, none are more shrouded in myth -- and genuine risk -- than clams and mussels. For subsistence harvesters, there has been no way to measure the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning -- until now. In part 1 of a two-part series, KCAW reports on a partnership among Southeast tribes to create a regional water monitoring program.
Sitka National Historical Park Ranger Ryan Carpenter describes the unique partnership behind Herring Camp, a spring-break program for middle school students. Herring Camp mixes contemporary scientific methods with traditional knowledge to give students a well-rounded perspective on this critical resource. With Tribal culture-bearer Chuck Miller, resource protection manager Jeff Feldpausch, and camper Madison Roy-Mercer.
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