Federal enforcement of a local subsistence fishery closure on the Kuskokwim River and tributaries became a major news event in Bethel. When the federal enforcement agency seized 79 salmon, they approached the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center and offered the fish, which needed immediate processing and freezing. YKCC accepted the fish and an inmate work crew filed and packaged the fish for freezing. YKCC then turned over the processed fish to a pair of local organizations for distribution to elders and others with need. The Tundra Women’s Coalition accepted two totes of filets while the Eddie Hoffman Senior Center – which also serves as a local food bank – accepted three totes of the frozen filets. Both agencies accepted a single tote of frozen fish heads, which will be used to make a rich soup considered a local delicacy.
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