The river ice is gone. The flooding has subsided. People along the Kuskokwim are getting their fish camps set up for another season. Lots of nets are in the water in anticipation of the beginning of the salmon runs. Everyone is looking forward to that first delicious taste of fresh King salmon… I know I am.
Along with all the usual seasonal preparations for another subsistence harvest, there’s a lot of concern about the status of our Kuskokwim salmon runs, especially about Kings.
The discussions and debate and concern about the expected numbers of Kings returning this year has already begun. KYUK has broadcast two talk/call in radio shows, on May 31st and June 7th, featuring representatives from the Salmon Mangement Working Group, the Department of Fish & Game and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Another talk/call in show will air on Thursday June 13 at 10am with a rebroadcast that night at 7pm. This one will be entirely in Yup’ik.
Our news department will be following the often complicated, often changing and sometimes confusing list of fishing regulations, restrictions and closures as they are developed and released to the public. You can count our our news reporters to keep you informed with the most up to date news and information on the status of the King run, susbistence openings and closures and all fishing news throughout the summer.
In addition, this summer our radio staff is announcing fishing regulations for both the Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers as they are updated and released. Kuskokwim fishing regulations are announced at 8:50am and 12:50pm Monday through Friday and at 10:05am on Saturday and Sunday. Yukon fishing regulations are announced at 7:50pm seven days a week.
Fishing news and information will also be posted to our website kyuk.org
You can count on your local public radio station to provide you with the most complete, up to date and timely information regarding all things related to fishing on the Kuskokwim.
We wish everyone a safe and successful harvest.
Thanks for your support of local public media in the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta.