Video: Salmon die-off in Alaska creek

A warm winter that left little snow in the mountains — followed by warm spring and summer weather — took a toll on salmon and Dolly Varden returning to spawn upstream from Jakolof Bay near Seldovia.  Thousands of fish piled up dead in an area where the streambed was dry.

Fishery researchers with the Seldovia Village Tribe found the dead fish in late August and posted the information about their discovery on the Local Environmental Observer Network managed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The LEO Network allows people on the ground to spread news about unusual occurrences in their environment. It acts as an early warning system for important environmental conditions, including effects of extreme weather, emerging threats to environmental health and safety and possible changes in climate.

The Seldovia fish report posted on the LEO Network generated some follow-up investigation.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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