The Yupik people rely heavily on this resource to sustain their lifestyle. They have been doing so for thousands of years. Harvesting the salmon annually while passing on from generation to generation. They teach and coach their children the traditional techniques used for survival. Being positioned in the Yukon Delta places them in an environment that demands respect. There is no last minute running to the closet Fred Meyer to grab ingredients much needed for supper. When a king landed in the net, there was a decision to be made. Either keep it for a nice feast or look at your options. They found a way around the regulation by choosing to barter instead of selling of kings. I personally agree 100% with this type of action. That type of action is the same as what would happen if the dollar bill were to loose it’s value. The salmon run continued to dip with showing very little sign of hope. The annual harvest would seem something of the past as the salmon being consumed now is more like digging into your survival stockpile. The direct impact on the Yupik people’s health have been affected significantly both physically and mentally. Even through pain and suffering, the Yupik’s still managed to pull together relief donations for Hurricane Katrina. That is just amazing to be so unselfish and help out families in need.
The desire to eat salmon inclined amongst the world population as the salmon to human ration did a complete 180. The wild salmon a have been disappearing from the Pacific Northwest along with other regions around the globe. What if there was more limits for commercial and personal use? Why not deliver less than the demanding twenty thousand pounds of salmon? How many pounds of that delivering go to waste? It’s like putting food on your plate and you don’t dare leave the table without finishing every bite. The market for salmon never seem to adapt to the changing population. The greed of the consumer directly displaced the Yupik people. Their foundation of survival is based on salmon just like the folks at Pikes market in Seattle. I agree with Paul’s statement to a certain extent that the Yupik chances of survival are becoming more challenging, but if the situation dictated a massive change, the people will come together and find another way to live. It’s human instinct to survive. Like the wild salmon. We may see less numbers of wilds, but I believe they too will find a way to adapt and survive.