ONC in Bethel Offers to Lend Out Dipnets, For Free

by Charles Enoch on June 17, 2014

Curtis Mann and Greg Aloralria preparing to unload the dipnets. Photo courtesy of Curtis Mann

Curtis Mann and Greg Aloralria preparing to unload the dipnets. Photo courtesy of Curtis Mann

Bethel’s tribe, the Orutsararmiut Native Council has acquired an order of dip-nets they will be loaning to any community member, free of charge. Wildlife managers are only allowing set nets and recently opened the river to dip-nets for chum and sockeye subsistence fishing to conserve the king salmon run.

With similar dip-nets at the local AC store in Bethel selling for over two hundred dollars, and smaller nets going for over a hundred at Swansons Hardware store, this is expected to give relief to fishers who can’t readily afford those prices. ONC Natural Resources Coordinator Curtis Mann describes what prospective dip-netters can expect to receive. “The dip-nets themselves are 5’ in diameter and they have salmon webbing. And they have a long handle with a loop on the end,” says Mann

ONC’s dip-nets are available to lend as of Tuesday afternoon. Fishers will be required to provide ONC with a signature and a valid contact phone number on a sign out sheet.

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