Trip to Galena

This past week I had the fortunate opportunity to travel to Galena for the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association (YRDFA).  This meeting highlights the advantages and disadvantages of the of the Yukon fisheries.  There are many issues surrounding the Yukon fisheries, such as Canadian escapement goals, salmon by-catch, subsistence opportunities, and commercial fisheries openings or lack thereof.  We met with representatives from communities from Emmonuk to Eagle.  I had the opportunity to accompany the Lt. Governor, Senator Kookesh, Senator Olson, Representative Foster and Representative Dick to the boarding school.  Then brought them all to speak and listen to the YRDFA meeting.  The entire Council was uplifted and encouraged by the dignitaries who attended.    We wrote a resolution advocating for traditional knowledge to be used in the management by the managers on the river.    YRDFA passed it unanimously.  It was an interesting dynamic to have two staff members from the Senator’s office from opposite ends of the river, I noticed we agreed on overall management ideas, but the implementations of the management ideas we disagreed a lot.

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