A report released in United States asserts the importance of hunting and fishing for the Inuit community and the need of implementing policies to protect traditional Inuit food and environment. Over 90 percent of food bought in Alaska comes from elsewhere and reliable food supply in urban communities in the state, like Anchorage, comes with affordable prices and a constant delivery service by air or boat to North.
Seals are prized for its meat, its oil and skin. The biggest seal hunt in Alaska begins when the ice cover begins to fragment after winter. The season, which lasted weeks old, recently began to shorten. The ice that previously measured up to 1.5 meters thick is now just a fraction shorter, thanks to global warming. The ice is rapidly disappearing, and seals too.
The environment changes and Inuit want to protect their culture. The report of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Alaska (CCI-Alaska), which defends the coastal Inuit villages, calls for policies to ensure the sustainability of hunting products.
But for the Inuit, who have gone through thousands of years in the harshest conditions on Earth, food is the link between past and present, the report explains. The food is the survival and identity. Hunting caribou or seal, fishing for Arctic char, picking thorns techniques to prepare, store and share the subject of works of art, dances, legends, and are part of education and language.
The report, assembled following visits in 15 Inuit villages by 146 authors request that Arctic policies are thought to protect this contribution in traditional foods.