Anna Rose MacArthur

News Director

Anna Rose MacArthur is the KYUK News Director. She got her start reporting in Alaska at KNOM in Nome and then traveled South to report with KRTS in Marfa, Texas. Anna Rose soon missed rural Alaska and returned to the bush to join KYUK in September 2015. Anna Rose is a Transom Story Workshop graduate.

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Welcome to Fish Talk, a talk show about fish on the Kuskokwim. Because of technical problems we weren’t able to hold a call-in show today like we usually do for Fish Talk. Instead, we’re bringing you an interview we recorded with our guests on the low king salmon numbers on the Kuskokwim.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

It's shaping up to be another record low year for king salmon on the Kuskokwim. We’re halfway though the run, and numbers from the Bethel Test Fishery show king salmon numbers similar to 2012 and 2013 when the king population crashed. People here remember those years as the lowest ever recorded. Each year saw about 100,000 kings. Since then tight fishing regulations have followed.

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For the first time, the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race is limiting the number of mushers who can compete in the premier Western Alaska event. Thirty mushers will be allowed to race the frozen Kuskokwim next year; this year 20 mushers competed.

Courtesy of Kiah Charlie

Class of 2017 high school graduate Kiah Charlie has made Scammon Bay history. She’s the first student from the Yukon village to receive a college basketball scholarship and to sign a letter of intent to play with a college team. The accomplishment comes after a decade of hard work from Kiah and her community.

Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

It’s two weeks away, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a Kuskokwim River fishing opening for Monday, June 12. That’s the day USF&WS takes over management of king salmon in the lower and middle river where it runs through federal lands.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

Water on the Kuskokwim is low, and nets are coming up mostly empty. Subsistence fishermen along the entire river are reporting this situation. Other fishermen, facing tight restrictions and cultural tension, have decided to refuse to fish.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Thursday on Fish Talk we’re busting myths about beaver dams and fish weirs.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

What’s happening with the kings? That’s the question of the season, the question of the last several years, and it’s the question that state managers are asking Kuskokwim subsistence fishermen to help them figure out.

King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

King salmon have arrived on the Yukon River. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says that the first subsistence-caught king was reported last week. With the kings moving upriver, the state is issuing a series of fishing restrictions.

A dog sits by emptied honey buckets in Kwethluk.
Film Academy Students / Lower Kuskokwim School District

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has more dogs than it can care for. A veterinarian travels to Bethel once a month, but no such service exists in the villages. Unvaccinated and uncared for, stray dogs threaten a community’s well being. Now, two organizations have teamed up to work with Delta communities to fix the issue.