There will be no weekend set net fishing below Tuluksak this weekend after managers shut down the fishery to protect king salmon. A scheduled 72 hour opener is expected to go ahead from Tuluksak up to the refuge boundary at Aniak as planned.
Managers say that the hundreds of set nets pose a risk to this year’s and future king salmon runs. ONC counted a large portion of them set near the choke point area below Bethel, known for catching king salmon.
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Bethel residents have noticed a very fast construction project being built right in the middle of town since the first barge arrived a few weeks ago. The Alaska Bible Seminary will have a brand new dormitory and classrooms by Christmas this year, all made possible by a $3.5 million dollar gift from the Samaritan’s Purse, which is part of the Billy Graham Evangelic Association.
About three dozen firefighters are battling flare ups at the Whitefish Lake wildfire south of Kalskag. Fire officials say helicopters are dropping water on the hot spots that have appeared with the hot, dry, and windy weather. The state Division of Forestry says the fire is not spreading further.
Crews also worked earlier this week at the nearby Bogus Creek Fire.
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Federal fishery managers are closing down gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River below Tuluksak including the four-inch set net openers scheduled on the weekend.
In a news release, managers write that the 2015 king salmon run is still very uncertain and could be significantly weaker than 2014. They say more precaution is necessary until the strength of the run can be gauged. Read more →
The summer barge season and fuel deliveries are in full swing, but low water is keeping Crowley from delivering above Aniak. Sean Thomas is Vice President for Western Alaska for Crowley Maritime.
“We’re feet below where we need to operate safely, and that’s really saying something. All of our vessels that transit the Kuskokwim are specially designed as extremely shallow draft vessels to begin with. The water just doesn’t exist right now,” said Thomas. Read more →
For the first time ever, the state is opening a brief elder’s fishery for king salmon on the middle and upper Kuskokwim. The fishery runs Saturday, June 20th, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
The fishery is open to people age sixty and over. They can have specific family members help, but the elder must be present when they are fishing.
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KYUK’s Dean Swope and Geraldine Brink captured the happenings at the Bethel harbor on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.