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7 August 2019 / Hakai Magazine / Hannah Hoag

Moldy fish in an Alaskan river threaten a community’s food supply

Nuiqsut, Alaska, United States

In early October 2013, local fishers Eli Nukapigak and Edward Nukapigak Jr. alerted wildlife officials to the discovery of “sick fish” in their nets near Nuiqsut. The aanaakłiq had fuzzy grayish-white patches on their bodies, fins, and heads. Cottony masses almost covered the eyes of some fish. None of the fishers in the community recalled seeing this condition before.

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