Bethel’s tribe seeks public opinion on King salmon restrictions

by Angela Denning-Barnes on November 8, 2013

Bethel’s Native Tribe, Orutsararmuit Native Council, is holding a public hearing Nov. 12 on likely restrictions for King salmon fishing next summer. After a series of poor King runs, there is wide agreement among state and federal managers as well as local advisory groups that changes are needed. This summer saw the worst King salmon escapement in recorded history.

Greg Roczika of Bethel is the Director of the tribe’s Natural Resources Department. He says restrictions are inevitable.

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Greg Roczika has a long history with fish and game in the region. He is an alternate on the Working Group, he’s on the Y-K Delta Regional Subsistence Council and has been on the Alaska Board of Game.

Tribes along the river were contacted by the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group seeking input from the tribes on management options. ONC’s public hearing will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be in an open forum format after a few presenters talk about the King salmon run.

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