Subsistence fisherman in some lower areas of the Kuskokwim are ignoring the longest fishing closure in the river’s history. Are their drifts a necessary act of civil disobedience against severe restrictions or are they short sided actions that endanger the future of the Kuskokwim King Salmon run? It’s all up for debate in the latest 2-hour show hosted by KYUK’s Shane Iverson with Yup’ik translation by John Active.
Panelists include Robert Sundown with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bev Hoffman with the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group and Travis Ellison with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Callers include U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowkski, AVCP President Myron Naneng, and dozens more along the Kuskokwim with a variety of opinions.