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  • Alaska's Bristol Bay is home to 51 percent of the wild sockeye salmon on Earth. The Nature Conservancy is working with Native people in the villages of the Nushagak River -- one of the bay's five major salmon rivers -- to protect wild salmon habitat in an innovative conservation project. © Clark James Mishler
  • The 'Nushagak River Traditional Use Area Conservation Plan' assembles Yup'ik place names and traditional knowledge to help guide conservation in the Bristol Bay region. © Clark James Mishler
  • Tim Troll of the Conservancy’s Southwest Alaska program met with Native elders in the Yup’ik village of Koliganek, pop. 170, to discuss important traditional use areas. © Clark James Mishler
  • The Nushagak-Mulchatna Watershed Council, a Conservancy partner, identified the most important traditional resources in the region. These include salmon, caribou, waterfowl and other wildlife. Five local villages from the Nushagak-Mulchatna river watershed participated in the project in the winter of 2005-2006. © Clark James Mishler
  • Elders discussed the most important traditional resources in the Nushagak region with members of the Conservancy's team. These contributions are assembled in the 'Nushagak River Traditional Use Area Conservation Plan.' © Clark James Mishler
  • Elia Ishnook of the village of Koliganek. © Clark James Mishler
  • Elia Ishnook pores over a map of the Nushagak with Yup’ik translator Francesca Yanez in the village of Koliganek. © Clark James Mishler
  • Elia Ishnook shares photographs of his parents in his home in Koliganek. © Clark James Mishler
  • Beached skiffs at the village of New Stuyahok in winter. © Clark James Mishler
  • Salmon hang on a drying rack at a Nushagak River fish camp. Bristol Bay's average run of wild sockeye salmon averaged 43 million from 2004-2008. © Clark James Mishler
  • The natural abundance of Bristol Bay that supports a subsistence tradition in the region’s Native communities depends on healthy habitat. © Clark James Mishler
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