Ben Matheson

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FishCommercial fishing is on hold until at least next week as state managers assess Coho or silver salmon entering the Kuskokwim river. But the clock is ticking. After a summer of long Chinook salmon closures and a weak chum run, middle and upper river subsistence fishers eagerly await word about whether the federal government will take control of the fishery.

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The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group met July 23rd in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group met July 23rd in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

There are no plans for the next commercial salmon opening on the Kuskokwim River as managers wait for coho salmon to arrive. In a summer with unprecedented subsistence fishing restrictions, middle river fishermen say this summers’ three commercial openers have been three too many.

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