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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 is meeting in Anchorage this week to work through a long list of proposals, including a couple of Kuskokwim salmon initiatives.
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Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Tribal co-management and Chinook bycatch took center stage Tuesday at a subsistence panel at the Association of Village Council Presidents conference.

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Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Unprecedented closures kept fishermen this summer from targeting king salmon in an effort to bring more fish to spawning grounds after several poor runs. The drainage-wide results showing how well the management worked are now beginning arrive, and the state says the Kuskokwim may have achieved its critical Chinook escapement goal.

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Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

With more than 80 percent of the coho salmon run thought to be past Bethel, time is running short if the Federal Subsistence Board were to act on requests that the federal government take over the fishery. Six tribes and groups had asked for that after the state opened commercial fishing in July before many families had put away enough fish for the year.
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ADF&GThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a 12-hour commercial salmon fishing period in the Quinhagak and Goodnews Bay districts. Both open at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
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Bethel Test Fishery early season catch. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel Test Fishery early season catch. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

At 4pm Friday afternoon, lower Kuskokwim fishermen will have the first four hour opening for fishing with 6” gillnets. This is the first drift opportunity with bigger nets in a month. Roland White is the Tuntutuliak Traditional Council President.
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Fishermen listen to Bee Kristovich at the Yupiit Nation Fish Forum. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Fishermen listen to Bee Kristovich at the Yupiit Nation Fish Forum. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Kuskokwim fishermen looked for some relief from the king salmon restrictions at a Yupiit Nation tribal fish forum in Bethel on Friday.

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Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 3.48.54 PMAs this summer’s king salmon closure stretches on, village councils around the Y-K Delta are considering resolutions to establish a commission for tribal co-management of fish. Native leaders from the Pacific Northwest who have done just that will be at a fish summit Thursday and Friday hosted by Yupiit Nation.

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"Charlie" Brown from Eek shares information about the lower Kuskokwim at a meeting for the Kuskokwim Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

“Charlie” Brown from Eek shares information about the lower Kuskokwim at a meeting for the Kuskokwim Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Tribal representatives took the first steps on Wednesday towards establishing the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. The group intends to push for co-management of salmon stocks and more direct involvement for tribal fisherman.

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New Federal Fish Information Website

New Federal Fish Information Website

Federal fish managers have launched a new website that includes a rundown of current regulations, information on the anticipated cultural and social harvest, plus maps and historic information on king salmon returns.
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