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NOAA Photo Library Image - fish7997

Fish wheel operated for river basin research on the Copper River. Laws have been enacted to prevent commercial use of wheels, since almost every salmon is scooped up when the fish migrate toward spawning beds. Wheels can still be operated if the fish are caught for personal use.

Image ID: fish7997, NOAA's Historic Fisheries Collection
Location: Alaska, Copper River, near Chitina
Credit: NOAA Central Library Historical Fisheries Collection; P. 134 of "Our Changing Fisheries" 1970 Centenary NMFS centenary volume

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