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Summer chum salmon die-off likely caused by heat stress, scientists say

Aug 23, 2019

Salmon have been found dead in rivers across Western Alaska this summer. The largest die-off reported comes from the Koyukuk River, a tributary of the Yukon. Scientists suspect that the summer’s record heat is the cause.

In mid-July, Lisa Bifelt needed to catch fish to eat over the winter, so she and her boyfriend boated to an eddy near her home in Huslia on the Koyukuk River. 

As Heard on Morning Line: Alaska Wild Salmon Day

Aug 10, 2017
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

Today on Our Community, ​Kristen Collins, the Alaska Center Community Organizer and Gayla Hoseth, 2nd Chief of Curyung Tribal Council & Stand for Salmon spokesperson came by KNBA to share a new state holiday.  

Each year, August 10th is designated as Alaska Wild Salmon Day.  

Collins says this comes after a law was passed that started as House Bill 128 on the 29th Legislature of Alaska in 2016.