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.
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 →
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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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 →
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.
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 →
There will be no weekend set net fishing below Tuluksak this weekend after managers shut down the fishery to protect king salmon. A scheduled 72 hour opener is expected to go ahead from Tuluksak up to the refuge boundary at Aniak as planned.
Managers say that the hundreds of set nets pose a risk to this year’s and future king salmon runs. ONC counted a large portion of them set near the choke point area below Bethel, known for catching king salmon.
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