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An infrared satellite picture of the storm from the National Weather Service website. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK

An infrared satellite picture of the storm from the National Weather Service website. Photo courtesy of National Weather Service website.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the Kuskokwim Delta including Bethel, Hooper Bay and Nunivak Island. The NWS also issued a high surf warning for the Kuskokwim coast. The wind warning will last from 10am – 4pm, and the surf warning from noon to 9pm. Both warnings will expire on December 31st. The NWS website posted the information just after midnight.
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Bethel, AK. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/ KYUK)

Bethel, AK. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/ KYUK)

As of Friday morning, officials say AlaskaAir, Ravn and Yute airlines flights have been placed on hold due to the severe weather conditions.
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Approximately 50 feet of land that eroded from Mike Williams' backyard. (Photo courtesy of Mike Williams)

Approximately 50 feet of land that eroded from Mike Williams’ backyard. (Photo courtesy of Mike Williams)

Just as it was getting dark Saturday evening, Akiak resident and dog musher Mike Williams Sr. stepped outside to see his dog lot falling into the Kuskokwim River and seven of his sled dogs being pulled into the water.

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John Daniel of Tuntutuliak holding one of the first moose harvested on the first opening day of the season. Photo courtesy of John Daniel

John Daniel of Tuntutuliak holding one of the first moose harvested on the first opening day of the season. Photo courtesy of John Daniel

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says Kuskokwim area hunters are on target to reach this year’s quota of 155 bulls in Game Unit 18. That quota is split between federal and state managed lands. Fish and Game Area Biologist Phillip Perry says with reports still coming in, it looks like the harvest of bull moose is near that quota. Read more →

An Alaskan bull moose scanning a meadow. Photo Courtesy of ADF&G

An Alaskan bull moose scanning a meadow. Photo Courtesy of ADF&G

Moose hunting opens September 1st  in Unit 18. As of Wednesday morning, hunters have already posted overnight pictures of their moose harvest.

This season marks the beginning of the seventh permitted moose hunt in Unit 18, since 2009. The area was closed for 5 years before that. Wildlife managers are allowing 155 moose to be harvested in the lower Kuskokwim River drainage. That’s up from 100 last year.
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The Kuskokwim Subsistence Salmon Panel first met in Bethel in January. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim Subsistence Salmon Panel held its first meeting in Bethel in January. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A state Board of Fisheries Panel is meeting in Bethel this week for guidance on the future of the Kuskokwim king salmon subsistence fishery.

The Kuskokwim Subsistence Salmon Panel meets Monday and Tuesday at the Cultural center. They first met in January and sent three board of fish members on the river this summer to better understand the dynamics of the fishery, which has seen unprecedented restrictions in recent years and several years of weak runs. Read more →

Marie Andrew was busy this July at her Napaskiak fish camp. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Marie Andrew was busy this July at her Napaskiak fish camp. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Subsistence fishing is open indefinitely on the Kuskokwim River. But that hasn’t been the norm this summer, as the river underwent two management regimes —state and federal—and strict closures for two species. Lower river fishermen are adjusting to the new reality of Kuskokwim subsistence—where conservative management is now the status quo.

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Chum salmon numbers are well below average. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Chum salmon numbers are well below average. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim River is experiencing a poor chum salmon run, according to state managers, and with it, a restrictive fishing schedule.
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The state is taking over day-to-day management of Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The state is taking over day-to-day management of Kuskokwim salmon. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be managing the salmon fishery for the entirety of the Kuskokwim River drainage beginning Thursday. Fishing with gillnets remains closed on the Kuskokwim River and several tributaries.

Federal managers through federal special action took over day-to-day management of the Kuskokwim within the Yukon Delta refuge boundaries during the king salmon run for conservation purposes. They have the ability to restrict fishing to local residents. Read more →

An fish rack in Bethel sits empty this month. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

A fish rack in Bethel sits empty this month. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Fishermen are looking forward to the next driftnet opening on the Kuskokwim River. Federal staff are waiting for the Bethel Test Fishery to show more chum and red salmon compared to kings before finalizing the next opening. Read more →