In 1880, "Old Togiak," or "Togiagamute," was located across the Bay. Heavy winter snowfalls made wood-gathering difficult at Old Togiak, so gradually people settled at a new site on the opposite shore. Many residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region migrated south to the Togiak area after the devastating influenza epidemic in 1918-19.
The Togiak Traditional Council, a federally-recognized tribe, is located in the community and is part of the Bristol Bay Native Association.
Frank Logusik was born in Togiak in 1950 and has lived there all his life. Here, he talks with Nick and describes changes he's seen in the climate along the southern coast of Alaska. (video courtesy University of Washington/JISAO)
Read about Bering Sea Project PI Nick Bond's February 2010 visit to Togiak to meet the community and talk about climate science.
Togiak's economic base is primarily commercial salmon, herring, and herring roe-on-kelp fisheries. There is one on-shore fish processor and several floating processing facilities near Togiak.
The entire community depends heavily on subsistence activities. Salmon, herring, seal, sea lion, whale and walrus are among the species harvested.
This study is being done as part of a larger project which focuses on local traditional knowledge (LTK) in six Bering Sea communities: Akutan, St. Paul, Togiak, Nelson Island, Emmonak, and Savoonga. Some of the main research goals are: