Dolly Varden

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Scientific Information

The Dolly Varden trout, (Salvelinus malma malma), is a subspecies of anadromous fish in the salmon family, and is technically a char. Although many of the fish are anadromous, the fish also exists in landlocked waterways in the northwest United States.

The back and sides are olive green or muddy gray, shading to white on the belly. The body has scattered pale yellow or pinkish-yellow spots. There are no black spots or wavy lines on the body or fins. Small red spots are present on the lower sides. These are frequently indistinct. The fins are plain and unmarked except for a few light spots on the base of the caudal fin rays.

They are found in coastal waters of the North Pacific from Puget Sound to the Alaska Peninsula and into the eastern Aleutians, along the Bering Sea and the Arctic Sea to the Mackenzie River.

Community Information

Shishmaref

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Qivlaġik

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Dolly Varden or "Trout" as they are known locally are caught in nets in the ocean or by rod and reel along either channel on each end of the island here. Fishing for trout is more of a fun thing for younger residents to do soon after the shore-fast ice moves out than a true subsistence activity. Trout here may range in size from pan-size to 10-20 pounds on the large end.

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