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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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Part Two:

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Part Three:

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

Begich listens to Ivan. M Ivan at at Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group Meeting in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Begich listens to Ivan. M Ivan at at Kuskowim River Salmon Management Working Group Meeting in Bethel. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

As this summer’s king salmon closure enters its third week, U.S. Senator Mark Begich met with members of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group.

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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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Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Work Group members and biologists meet in Anchorage to discuss 2014's fishing plan. Photo by Ben Matheoson / KYUK.

Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Work Group members and biologists meet in Anchorage to discuss 2014’s fishing plan. Photo by Ben Matheoson / KYUK.

Fisherman will start the summer with the season closed to subsistence salmon fishing. Severe restrictions will carry throughout June as managers attempt to bring more king salmon to the spawning grounds. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group is meeting this week and attempting to finalize something resembling a fishing schedule. Given all of the unknowns of the 2014 run, the plan is still elusive.

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