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Broad Whitefish (Coregonus nasus)

The broad whitefish is an important subsistence fish for people of the Arctic Coastal Plain as well as those that live within the Yukon and Kuskokwim river drainages. Along the northwestern coast, subsistence and commercial users harvest 20,000 to well over 30,000 fish between the spring and fall fisheries Broad whitefish are a preferred food fish in some communities across the north coast; preferred even over Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma) in some communities. The majority of subsistence harvest occurs to the west of Prudhoe Bay in the Colville River, where a limited commercial harvest used to occur.