Analytical results from the study indicate that seafood collected around the Annette Islands Reserve is a relatively pure and wholesome food source.
Subsistence foods provide nutritional and health benefits such as nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, calories, and proteins. People who gather and eat traditional foods have lower incidences of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, as well as improved maternal nutrition and neonatal and infant brain development.
In addition to dietary benefits, the subsistence lifestyle offers other benefits: harvesting is good meaningful work; and knowledge of food, medicines, and other materials from subsistence sources promotes cultural strength and wellness in tribal communities.
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