. Indigenous knowledge is key to ‘ecosystem-wide phenomena’ « JO LEE MAGAZINE

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY – Alaska Native elders with decades of experience in daily interactions with their environment saw changes in species that forage across a wide spectrum — near shore, far from shore and both on the surface and at ocean depth. Ilarion ‘Kuuyux’ Merculieff, Unangan, said the Unangan people saw connections between the seals, sea lions, sea birds and the ocean temperature. “We were the first ones to flag climate change, but we couldn’t get anybody to listen to us,” he said. Since Merculieff’s childhood, the population of fur seals has declined drastically. It dropped from 2.1 million in the 1950s to 627,000 in 2019.

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