What is it about?
We talk about two "personal use" fisheries in Alaska, salmon dipnetting and clam digging, which are both important to local and regional food security for residents of Alaska's greater Anchorage area. We discuss how these fisheries show that urban spaces can be "subsistence" spaces. We highlight differences among the fisheries, which in some cases force us to contest the bucolic image that has been constructed for "local food". We also note how the state can still improve its support of local people as they rely on these resources.
Why is it important?
"Subsistence" is often something that is thought to only exist in rural spaces. This research focuses on subsistence for urban residents, highlighting how multiple different groups of people value and rely on Alaska's fisheries. This paper demands that we pay more attention to (and support) how urban residents acquire food from the land and sea as a part of their food security
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