- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

First Nations along the Yukon River used to catch their salmon in nets.

Now, they come from the sky.

The annual run of chinook salmon down the river is the longest and largest in the world — three-thousand kilometers long with tens of thousands of fish.

But it’s half the size it used to be and indigenous fishers who used to pull in chinook by the hundreds have to fly them in for food from other rivers.

Fish camps where families gathered to harvest, clean and prepare salmon for their winter supply are almost gone.

That’s left a hole in First Nations culture that no one quite knows how to fill.

Duane Aucoin (oh-COYN’) of the Teslin Tlingit says fish camps were how parents passed along traditional practices and wisdom.

Band members are holding two fish camps this year - their first in 15 years.

But they’ll only take 40 fish when they used to take about one-thousand.

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