May 2012

Timothy Matthew's wife, Lydia, and daughter, Reanna, process the first King. Photo courtesy of Henry Mark

It is the last day of May and when Timothy Matthew of Quinhagak went to set his net, no one in the Lower Kuskokwim area had caught a King salmon yet. But that was about to change for the 40-year-old who was raised in the village. He said it was about 7 a.m. when he pulled in the 35-pounder.

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With the local salmon fishing season just starting up, the outlook for commercial fishing is still unclear. But, for one local fish buyer there is a clear goal: marketing Kuskowkim River Salmon to areas outside the state.

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