Creative ethno-ecological contests were organised to introduce children and their parents to the traditions of their ancestors related to respect for the environment. Several literary and art contests for Kamchatka children were organised. In their submissions, participants vividly highlighted the problem of poaching in various regions of the peninsula, and referred to traditional subsistence fishing and the rational use of natural resources in their home areas. The organisers sought to ensure that the children collaborated with the elders in writing down traditional stories and legends related to salmon.
Through ethno-ecological youth camps and festivals, we also worked to raise awareness about environmental issues on the peninsula. During the camps, indigenous youth studied the biology and habitat of the salmon, and monitored spawning rivers and the state of the environment while also sharing knowledge with elders. After the camps, salmon-keepers’ festivals were organised in the villages so that camp participants had a chance to share what they had learned with their families and friends.
Several ethno-ecological publications for children and their parents were produced and distributed to schools and libraries in Kamchatka. These publications brought together indigenous and scientific knowledge about salmon in an entertaining, educational way. They included activity books that introduce young readers to the world of salmon, its lifecycle, and its place in indigenous cultures and cultural values.