The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is hosting a two-day meeting of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group this week in Bethel. The meeting will run Tuesday and Wednesday at the Bethel Long House Inn, starting at 9 a.m. both days. One of the main purposes of the meeting is to look in depth at the King salmon run on the river.
On Tuesday, the group will look at the Chinook Salmon After Action Review (AAR). Discussion will include improving the King salmon management process, partnerships, and collaboration. The second part of Tuesday’s meeting will be a work session to review run information to date along with people to be heard.
The main focus of Wednesday’s meeting will be a series of presentations by Kuskokwkim salmon researcher Kevin Schaberg. He will introduce working group members and the public to the recently published Chinook Salmon Run Reconstruction and the options it gives for managing the run. Later, the working group will go over old business.
Fifteen working group members from up and down the Kuskokwim River are expected to attend the two-day meeting. Also participating will be representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Association of Village Council Presidents, Orutsararmuit Native Council, and the Kuskokwim Native Association. Unlike usual working group meetings, this one will not be teleconferenced but it will open to the public.