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Neil LaLonde, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager. Photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

Neil LaLonde, Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager. Photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

During a salmon management program that aired on KYUK Wednesday, fish managers gave more details about how subsistence fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim would be managed this year.

Federal manager, Neil Lalonde, announced a harvest of 7,000 chinook, or king salmon, no matter how poor the run, through a community permit system.
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KYUK’s Shane Iverson and Sophie Evan facilitated a two-hour show in English and Yup’ik on Wednesday the 20th regarding this season’s salmon management plan.

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L-R: Greg Roczicka, Aaron Poetter, Mark Leary, Neil Lalonde. Photo by Geraldine Brink/KYUK

The discussion includes what you need to know this summer and what the closures mean for the health of the river and its people. The first hour is dedicated to getting an understanding of the roles of federal, state, and tribal management plans. Comments and questions were taken via email and phone for the second part of the show.

Guests:
Neil Lalonde – Yukon Delta Refuge manager, Federal In Season ManagerIMG_7937

Mark Leary – Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group RepresentativeIMG_7941

Greg Roczicka – Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission RepresentativeIMG_7929

Aaron Poetter – State Management Biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and GameIMG_7931

Part One:

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This special program will be rebroadcasted on 640 AM on Wednesday, May 20th, starting at 7pm.

The 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod sits in front of Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic tripod sits in front of Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

There are a lot of numbers to crunch in the 2015 Kuskokwim Ice Classic. Thanks to a guaranteed $10,000 prize, more than six thousand guesses—almost double last year’s total— are in the running. KYUK’s Ben Matheson breaks down the digits.

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An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup'ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

An appeals court upheld a district court conviction of 13 Yup’ik fishermen. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik fishermen who fished during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued today.

In 2012 the thirteen defendants, all Yup’ik Alaska Native fishermen living a subsistence lifestyle, were charged with violating the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s emergency orders restricting fishing for king salmon on the Kuskokwim River.
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Kuskokwim River near Bethel

Kuskokwim River Near Bethel , December 2014.

Bethel Search and Rescue urges caution on the Kuskokwim River. BSAR says much of the Kuskokwim trail remained safe over the weekend though there is more water on the ice.
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Ice jam below Kalskag -Photo Courtesy of BSAR

Ice jam below Kalskag -Photo Courtesy of BSAR

After a strange freeze up and a couple winter thaws, the Kuskokwim 300 will follow the Kuskokwim River exclusively from Bethel to Aniak and back on the same trail.
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Frozen Kuskokwim River at Bethel, December 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.

Frozen Kuskokwim River at Bethel, December 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.

As holiday travelers take to their snowmachines Bethel Search and Rescue says there are trails marked with stakes and reflective tape from Bethel to some nearby villages where the ice is thick enough to support cars and trucks. There are still hazards, and they emphasize that travelers should stay on the marked trails.
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Bethel PoliceBethel police are investigating an ATV crash on the Kuskokwim river that killed one man, Kenneth Nicori, and injured another person.

In the evening of November 26th police got a call from the YKHC emergency room. They responded and found 20-year-old Kenneth Nicori Jr. of Kwethluk had been declared dead. He suffered injuries including head trauma in an accident. Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee said the way the case came to their attention was “kind of” suspicious.
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Kuskokwim jam at Coffee's Bend on 11/17. Photo by Mark Leary.

Kuskokwim jam at Coffee’s Bend. Photo by Mark Leary.

The Kuskokwim River continues to break up due to unseasonably warm temperatures, but there’s no flooding expected. Mark Leary with Bethel Search and Rescue flew the river Monday afternoon and reports that the ice has broken up as far down as 10 miles below Kalskag at what’s known as Coffee’s Bend and jammed there. He says as things freeze up, the ice chunks will make travel difficult.
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A rare November Breakup on the Kuskokwim River near Napaimute. Photo Courtesy of Mark Leary

A rare November Breakup on the Kuskokwim River near Napaimute. Photo Courtesy of Mark Leary

The Kuskokwim River in Southwest Alaska is experiencing a rare November breakup. Temperatures were cold in early November but over the past several days, temperatures have reached into the 40s and even the 50s in some places along the river.

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