kuskokwim salmon

KRSMWG members discuss possible fishing schedules. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

KRSMWG members discuss possible fishing schedules. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Two months before what would normally be time for king salmon fishing, Kuskokwim residents have a sketch of what the summer’s conservation measures will look like. There will be no directed king salmon fishing and the season will start closed for subsistence salmon fishing. As for the chum and red salmon openenings, managers are setting no hard dates for the first gillnet opening, other than it’s anticipated in last week of June. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group last week painstakingly came to a consensus on conservation measures.

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Federal management responsibility map, from Office of Subsistence Management.

Federal management responsibility map, from Office of Subsistence Management.

If a proposed federal special action passes, residents in 29 of 40 villages near the Kuskowkim River would have priority to harvest Chinook, or King Salmon, if available. That’s according to a draft analysis released Tuesday. The Office of Subsistence Management has completed a so-called section 804 analysis to determine which communities have the priority in times of King Salmon shortages.

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