nuxalk atnarko sockeye study an example of collaborative research done right

Nuxalk Atnarko sockeye study an example of collaborative research done right

Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, 30,000 sockeye bound to spawn in the Atnarko river in Nuxalk territory were caught each year by Indigenous, recreational and commercial fishermen. 30,000 more made it past the fishermen to spawn. All these fish helped to sustain Nuxalk culture, local economies, and ecosystems alike. Then in the 1990’s Atnarko sockeye collapsed and have not recovered.

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