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Get Psyched: YRDFA Annual Meeting Just Days Away!
The original river-wide fisheries meeting is back again, and you are invited. Whether you’re into science, policy, management, or building relationships with fishers from across the drainage, we’ve got you covered! As a bonus, we’ve scheduled an evening meeting to bring together managers and local fishers, and the incomparable fiddle band from St. Mary’s will put on a show. For more details, contact Jason or click here to check out the draft agenda.
Pick.Click.Give. to Support Yukon River Fisheries
YRDFA is pleased to announce that we are part of Pick.Click.Give. for 2013. By giving through Pick.Click.Give, you join others to become an important force in bettering Yukon River fisheries. When you go on-line to sign up for your Permanent Fund Dividend, you will see an option to "Pick.Click.Give." Simply follow the instructions to make a contribution to support YRDFA's work of protecting and promoting all healthy wild fisheries and cultures along the Yukon River drainage. Find out more at www.PickClickGive.org.
Board of Fisheries Changes Yukon Regs
Just two weeks ago the Alaska Board of Fisheries took action on a number of Yukon-specific management proposals. With an eye on conservation, the board adopted new regulations that will affect the way you fish this coming season. Click here for more details.
Ramping Up for Youth Fish Camps
Year two of the Youth Fish Camps has begun, and YRDFA’s staff is in full swing preparing for the coming fishing season. We’re planning to bring together partners from the five participating communities this March to share stories from the first year of the camps, celebrate successes, and work on improvements. Click here for more details.
Watch Video Interviews from YRDFA’s Founding Fathers
Spurred by declines in the salmon runs, in 1990 a contingent of lower river fishers traveled to the upper river for the first time to talk about sharing salmon. After that historic meeting in Galena, the next year an upper river delegation traveled to the lower river village of St. Mary’s to formally create the association known as YRDFA. With funds from the Alaska Humanities Forum, YRDFA was able to interview six people—Virgil Umphenour, Victor Lord, Richard Burnham, Lester Wilde, Harry Wilde, and John Lamont—who were either the initial founders of our organization or were there pretty early on in the process. We sought to document the hard work of fisheries leaders and young adults two decades past, and to gain insight. The salmon run is again in crisis; perhaps we can look to the past for solutions. Click here for more details. Disclaimer