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Weak Salmon Runs Expected in 2024 for Norton Sound

Chum salmon. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has released their 2024 Norton Sound Salmon Management Outlook. The report details expectations for salmon runs in the Norton Sound and Port Clarence districts, including management strategies to ensure sustainable fishing practices. Salmon Run Projections The ADF&G projects varied outcomes for different salmon species in 2024. Pink […]

Voice Your Concerns: Federal Subsistence Regulation Suggestions Due by May 21

Multiple pink salmon swimming underwater

The deadline to submit suggestions for changes to the Federal Subsistence Management Program’s regulations is May 21. As residents of the area grapple with subsistence food insecurity due to climate and regulatory changes, the suggestion form offers people the opportunity to voice their concerns.  Regulatory changes in fishing and shellfish harvesting seasons, harvest limits, methods, […]

Crowdsourcing Conservation: App Aims to Help Protect Migratory Fish

salmon underwater

Tucked away in the remote expanses of Western Alaska, hidden streams carve through the untouched wilderness. Unique species of fish glide beneath the surface, oftentimes unnoticed and undocumented. The Alaska Fish Habitat Mapping project, more affectionately known as the “Fish Map App”, seeks to change this by documenting previously unreported migratory patterns and species.  The […]

Preparing for the Harvest

Woman holding a freshly-caught salmon outside on a sunny evening

In Western Alaska, preparations for winter begin in summer, with all the different forms of local subsistence hunting, fishing, and food gathering. At fish camps and remote communities, KNOM plays a special role in this sub-Arctic harvest — through your support.

Elder Voices: Maggie Olson

Houses on the Hillside in Golovin

Maggie shares stories of gathering berries and greens with her grandmother and memories of subsistence: seining for fish, gathering tom cod, and whaling for beluga.

Jenn, “Welcomed into the Story”

Jenn Ruckel in the KNOM newsroom

After arriving at our station in June, volunteer news reporter Jenn Ruckel has been working to immerse herself in Western Alaska to understand it, and thereby report on it, better.