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.