Alaska Native village defies state on salmon catch
Residents of an Alaska Native village caught about 100 king salmon in a subsistence fishing protest.

The fishermen from Marshall defied the state's subsistence rules by fishing out of season. One Native leader is encouraging more villages to do the same.

"Other villages that need king salmon should do the same thing," Myron Naneng, the president of the Association of Village Council Presidents, told The Anchorage Daily News.

The fishermen took action because the Alaska Department of Fish and Game cut back the subsistence season. Some residents weren't able to get any salmon at all, until the protest.

The state is investigating the protest, which could lead to criminal charges against those who were involved.

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