Fish and Game recommends no main stem restrictions on Kuskokwim

by Angela Denning-Barnes on June 19, 2013

Restrictions are still not necessary in the King salmon fishery for the main stem of the Kuskokwim River, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Kuskowim area manager for the state, Travis Elison, made the announcement in a teleconference meeting of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group meeting this morning.

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“It’s pretty simple. The recommendation is the same one I gave last week which is to continue to keep subsistence fishing open on the main stem,” Elison said.

Fisheries biologists went through the data they’ve been getting from the Bethel Test Fishery, a project that compares daily catches of salmon with past years.

Research biologist, Kevin Schaberg, said based on the current data, escapement goals should be reached.

“We’re actually on to achieve the escapement goals,” Schaberg said. “That’s a very good thing.”

Schaberg says that they think Kings are running about a week late. He says even though fishermen downriver have been putting up Kings the Bethel Test Fishery is still able to catch them which is a good sign.

Working Group members, including many subsistence fishermen up and down the river, agreed to the state’s recommendation to continue to allow fishing on the main stem with no restrictions.

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