Fisheries managers feel the heat in Bethel

October 14, 2009 

Lambert Lukudak Sr. of Emmonak tells officials, "You're not listening to us at all. You need to wake up!" during a July meeting of frustrated fishermen waiting for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to open the commercial salmon fishery on the Yukon River.

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Link: The Tundra Drums Angry Western Alaska commercial fishermen lashed out at state fishery managers in Bethel on Monday during a meeting of the House Resources Committee, charging that they mismanaged Yukon River king salmon this summer. Fishermen said the state undercounted fish and needlessly restricted fishing, allowing too many kings to swim upriver into Canada's Yukon. Myron Naneng, head of the Association of Village Council Presidents in the Bethel region, said villagers must be involved in helping set fishery rules. "Lower Yukon villages are experiencing economic genocide," he said. State officials acknowledged inaccurate fish counting and promised to do a better job in the future. Hear an audio report on the situatino from KYUK in Bethel here.

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