dipnets

2014 saw the first dipnetting on the Kuskokwim river. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

2014 saw the first dipnetting on the Kuskokwim river. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

The Federal Subsistence Board voted Wednesday to allow dipnets as a gear option for federal managers. Fishermen last summer used dipnets for the first time on the Kuskokwim River when state managers opened the fishery by emergency order in June. Dipnets are a permanent gear option for state-run fisheries. The board is meeting in Anchorage.
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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.
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