Fishery resource use in a subarctic Indian community

TitleFishery resource use in a subarctic Indian community
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1977
AuthorsBerkes, F
JournalHuman Ecology
Date Published1977
KeywordsAmerican Indians; Cree Indians; fishery management; Native Americans; subsistence resources

Cree Indians of Fort George, James Bay, northern Canada, maintain a large and successful subsistence fishery. Methods used in the fishery, seasons and locations of catch, and yield levels were studied, together with the population biology two sea-run Coregonus species, cisco and whitefish, that dominate the catch. The fishery was characterized by a high degree of order, social regulation of the fishing effort and the gillnet mesh size, and practices that were identified as adaptations to the subarctic ecosystem. Fishing methods used permit the Cree to control the magnitude of the harvest and the species and size composition of the catch. There is evidence that fishers can alter the scarcity-abundance patterns of the fish stocks, and have a biologically measurable effect on the populations.

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Full publication date: Dec., 1977

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