NOME (AP) -- The Alaska National Guard has delivered 15,000 pounds of chum salmon to this historic Gold Rush community to help people impacted by the collapse of salmon returns.
The fish came from Kotzebue, by way of the Norton Sound Seafood plant at Unalakleet, where it was cleaned and frozen for transport.
The salmon arrived Tuesday in 17 huge boxes weighing almost a thousand pounds apiece.
Alaska National Guard Maj. Gen. Philip Oates spent much of the afternoon helping employees of Kawerak, the non-profit regional native corporation, distribute the fish to several dozen households around town.
Kawerak's Brian James said there were a lot of smiling faces.
Families received up to seven large chum salmon each.
Tuesday's delivery was the first of several scheduled for Western Alaska subsistence fishermen.
The fish were purchased with state money allocated to communities hurt by the Western Alaska salmon disaster.
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