Traditional Knowledge will now be included in management plans by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Record breaking temperatures around Alaska are hard on a lot of Alaskans not used to the high temps. But it’s even worse for Kuskokwim salmon which suffered heart attacks from warm water temps. Apparently salmon don’t function well in water temps past 70 degrees.
While algal blooms are common in many ocean waters, the effects on marine life around the Bering Straits are a recent phenomenon. Scientists and residents in that region look at potential effects on the ecosystem and the marine life caused by algal toxins.
We had help from Anna Rose McArthur at KYUK in Bethel. And JoJo Phillips and Davis Hovey at KNOM in Nome.
Good luck fishing everyone, and remember life vests really do save lives. Use one.
And definitely be sure to have one on your kids when they are near the water.