Regional subsistence advisory council meets

by Trim Nick on October 10, 2012

The Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council is holding its fall meeting in Bethel this week to review fisheries proposals for the coming year. The meeting is open to the public, and public comment on the various proposals affecting both the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers fisheries will be heard.

Prior to reviewing individual proposals, the Council heard reports Wednesday morning from biologists from both the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on this summer’s fishing season.

The YK-Regional Advisory Council will review and make recommendations to proposals affecting the Yukon and Kuskokwim Fisheries to the Federal Subsistence Board for final approval later this year.

On hand Thursday at the YK meeting was Subsistence Board Chair Tim Towarek.

One proposal that may be of interest for YK Delta fishermen is a proposal to revise a harvest limit for pike, which is a common dried fish subsistence staple for people from throughout the region.

Another proposal to be discussed and reviewed involves prioritizing the use of Chinook or King salmon.

The meeting runs Wednesday and Thursday at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center.

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