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Ruth Sandvik: Interview Outline: Section 10

The difference between down and upriver fish early in the season

Tape Reference Number: H2002-09-11
Ruth Blankenship-Sandvik talks with Bill Schneider and Eileen Devinney in Kiana, Alaska on February 28, 2002.

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Eileen Devinney: I know the other night we were talking about, I think it was whitefish and how they were -- I think you were there, and how they were without eggs down here and upriver they get them with eggs. And people were talking about -- I don't know if you recall this, but talking about how different the fish are this -- this far down at this -- you know, earlier in the season.

Ruth Sandvik: Well, because they spawn up there. Right. And I've never been able to understand how -- how they sanction a sport fishing where the sheefish is spawning, but I guess they can. I mean, of course, subsistence, I mean, it's -- it's okay for subsistence, and that's -- and that's one of their delicacies. They get these great big sheefish and bulging with roe. And -- and yet -- usually if any of the people from up there come down here, they bring that as a -- as a treat for the people down here.

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