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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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