Fisheries Harvest on the Kuskokwim

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The role of subsistence in life among us Yup’ik here is a way of making a living, to live off the land, to know how to live off the land.

-Quote taken from Mother Kuskokwim

The Kuskokwim River subsistence salmon fishery is one of the biggest subsistence fisheries in the state, with more than 1500 households currently fishing and many more involved in processing. Subsistence fishing is not confined to salmon.  Many other species are available for harvest in the Kuskokwim River as well.  Click on one of the harvest methods below for more information.

The processing of fish is something that can be unique to each community, or even each family.  This video will give you some insight as to what happens at fish camp in Georgetown each year.


Mother Kuskokwim is a film about the people who live in the remote Yukon-Kuskokwim River Delta of Southwest Alaska. Here the native Yup’ik people continue to practice a subsistence lifestyle in a region suffering from severe economic hardship and climate change.



Note: While subsistence salmon is the predominate fishery on the river, and subsistence salmon fishing defines the summer activities of most Kuskokwim River communities, Kuskokwim salmon have also been sold commercially since 1913 (ADFG), although when it occurs, this takes place in the lower section of the river.