ONC Is Giving out Free Fish From the Bethel Test Fishery

by Charles Enoch on June 24, 2014

Fresh salmon delivered by ADF&G. Photo by Curtis Mann.

Fresh salmon delivered by ADF&G. Photo by Curtis Mann.

Orutsararmiut Native Council is distributing salmon that are caught by the Bethel Test Fishery, run by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
ONC Fisheries Biologist Roberta Chaves people picking up fish should also consider others.

“We just ask the public, ‘take whatever they need, think about the other people that are getting fish too, and make sure that everybody gets a taste,’” says Chavez.

Chaves says the deliveries come within about two hours after the high tides, and are announced through their Facebook page.

There are no guidelines as to how many fish one person can take, other than being asked to consider others, while getting enough to sustain their households. ONC officials say the fish are gone within half an hour of delivery.

Thank you note left by a happy local who picked up salmon. Photo by Roberta Chavez.

Thank you note left by a happy local who picked up salmon. Photo by Roberta Chavez.

Wildlife managers annually look for avenues in which to effectively distribute fish caught in the test fishery, and ONC volunteered to do that this year. To which ADF&G agreed to, after considering the council would have better contacts for those in need. ONC will continue to do this until the fishing restrictions are lifted.

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