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The Praxis of Fisheries as Culture: Successful Fishing Communities in Rural Alaska Davin Holen PhD Student University of Alaska Fairbanks Subsistence Program.

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1 The Praxis of Fisheries as Culture: Successful Fishing Communities in Rural Alaska Davin Holen PhD Student University of Alaska Fairbanks Subsistence Program Manager, Southern Region Division of Subsistence Alaska Department of Fish and Game

2 Project This in-progress project uses three rural coastal communities located in sub-Arctic Alaska to examine successful fishing communities. This involves the intersection of commercial and subsistence fisheries in complex social-ecological systems.

3 Index Communities

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6 Research Objectives and Methods 1.Understand the place of food security in the decisions families make about continuing to live in these communities. Method: Key respondent interviews. 2. Identify socio-cultural factors such as culture change, kinship based social networks, and local-level politics that shape contemporary employment, migration, and subsistence patterns. Method: Household surveys. 3. Identify indices that could be used to measure the long-term viability of diverse fishing communities across the north. Method: Synthesis of both data sets.

7 Why is fishing so important to the local economy?

8 Study Years: Kokhanok 2005 Tyonek 2006 Chenega Bay 2003

9 Gas Prices in Iliamna, 2007 Photograph by Ted Krieg

10 Ethnographic and Harvest Assessment Research: Tyonek 2004–2006 Commercial fishing at Old Tyonek, 2005 Photograph by Davin Holen

11 Research and Regulations: Tyonek Subsistence Fishery 1983 and 2004 Photograph by Ron Stanek, 1983 Photograph by Davin Holen, 2004

12 Research: Tyonek 2004–2006 Photograph by Davin Holen, 2004

13 Research: Tyonek 2004–2006 Photograph by Davin Holen, 2004

14 Why are jobs important? Tyonek Subsistence Fishery, 2005 Photography by Davin Holen

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16 James A. Fall, Davin L. Holen, Brian Davis, Theodore Krieg, and David Koster Subsistence harvests and uses of wild resources in Iliamna, Newhalen, Nondalton, Pedro Bay, and Port Alsworth, Alaska, ADF&G Division of Subsistence, Technical Paper No Theodore M. Krieg, Davin Holen, and David Koster Subsistence harvests and uses of wild resources in Igiugig, Kokhanok, Koliganek, Levelock, and New Stuyahok, Alaska, ADF&G Division of Subsistence, Technical Paper No Davin Holen and Terri Lemons Subsistence harvests and uses of wild resources in Lime Village, Alaska, ADF&G Division of Subsistence, Technical Paper No Davin Holen, Ted Krieg, Jory Stariwat, and Terri Lemons Subsistence harvests and uses of wild resources in King Salmon, Naknek, and South Naknek, Alaska, ADF&G Division of Subsistence, Technical Paper No Davin Holen, Ted Krieg, and Terri Lemons Subsistence harvests and uses of wild resources in Aleknagik, Clark’s Point, and Manokotak, Alaska, ADF&G Division of Subsistence, Technical Paper No James A. Fall, Davin Holen, Theodore M. Krieg, Robbin La Vine, Karen Stickman, Michelle Ravenmoon, Jessica Hay, and Jory Stariwat The Kvichak watershed subsistence salmon fishery: an ethnographic study. ADF&G Division of Subsistence, Technical Paper No Stanek, Ronald T., James A. Fall, and Davin L. Holen 2006 West Cook Inlet ethnographic overview and assessment for Lake Clark National Park & Preserve. Anchorage, Alaska: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service. Stanek, Ronald T.,Davin Holen, and Crystal Wassillie 2007 Harvest and uses of wild resources in Tyonek and Beluga, Alaska, Technical paper no. 321Juneau: Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence. Technical Papers

17 Holen, Davin 2009 The dynamic context of cultural and social sustainability of communities in Southwest Alaska. Journal of Enterprising Communities 3(3): Holen, Davin 2009 A resilient subsistence salmon fishery in Southwest Alaska. Journal of Northern Studies 2: Holen, Davin “We all drink this water:” The contemporary context of salmon fishing in Southwest Alaska. In Humanizing security in the Arctic. D. Michelle, F. Levesque, and J. Ferguson, eds. Pp Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute. Other Publications

18 Supporting Organizations Tyonek Fish Camp, 2005 Photograph by Davin Holen


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