Native Concern over Dwindling Salmon

 

THE TANANA CHIEFS CONFERENCE has been HOSTING WHAT'S BEING TERMED A "FISH SUMMIT," AIMED AT DISCUSSING DECLINING SALMON IN THE YUKON AND KUSKOKWIM RIVERS.
 
THE SUMMIT BRINGS ALL TRIBAL REPRESENTATIVES TO THE TABLE IN HOPES OF FINDING SOLUTIONS TO THE DRASTIC DECLINE OF CHINOOK SALMON IN THOSE RIVERS, AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES TAKING PLACE IN RURAL PARTS OF THE STATE.
 
OFFICIALS Have been TAKING COMMENTS FROM TRIBES REGARDING FISHING EXPERIENCES, PERSPECTIVES AND OTHER CONCERNS.
 
REACHED FOR COMMENT Yesterday, TRIBAL MEMBERS AND OTHER RURAL RESIDENTS SPOKE CANDIDLY ABOUT THEIR SUBSISTENCE LIFESTYLE, AND A DIRE SITUATION THAT CAN NO LONGER BE OVERLOOKED.
 
JULIE ROBERTS-HYSLOP OF TANANA, ALASKA TOLD NEWSCETNER 11 "WELL IT'S JUST A MATTER OF SURVIVAL FOR US. IT'S OUR CULTURE, IT'S OUR TRADITION, IT'S OUR FUTURE. AND WE'VE NEVER, EVER, TOOK MORE THAN WE COULD HANDLE. WE'VE ALWAYS LEFT SOMETHING FOR OUR FUTURE. AND THAT'S WHAT WE WERE TAUGHT. WE ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING FOR THE FUTURE. AND SO THAT'S WHERE WE'RE AT TODAY.  WHAT IS LEFT FOR OUR FUTURE?"
 
NEWS CENTER 11 WILL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY THIS WEEKEND DURING THE SATURDAY EDITION OF THE FAIRBANKS EVENING NEWS, AND NEWS CENTER FINAL.