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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 →

A small community king salmon permit system is underway. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

A small community king salmon permit system is underway. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

A community permit system for a limited Kuskokwim king salmon harvest begins on Wednesday. 32 communities are eligible for the permit and so far 16 communities are signed up and a few still pending for the 7,000-fish king salmon permit fishery.
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Talk Line airs live from 10-11:30am every Friday morning on 640 AM. Photo by G. Brink/KYUK

This edition of KYUK’s Talk Line opens with an email encouraging people to do something about all the things they choose to complain about. Another caller is awaiting the arrival of mosquitoes, other callers offer up their opinions on a liquor store coming back to Bethel, and salmon return numbers and restrictions are scrutinized by several emails and calls.

Talk Line now airs for an hour and a half every Friday morning, and the Talk Line Replay airs on Friday evening starting at 7pm.

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The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group put together a list of recommendations for early season chinook salmon management. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group put together a list of recommendations for early season chinook salmon management. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A couple months before the king salmon begin to enter the river, the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group met to set recommendations for an early season of conservation.

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2015 is predicted to be a below-average king salmon run. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

2015 is predicted to be a below-average king salmon run. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The state is expecting a bigger run of king salmon on the Kuskokwim this summer, but still well below average. State managers say they expect strong conservation measures to continue in 2015 to ensure enough fish make it up the river to spawn. Leading up to the season, managers are seeking early input to make the season a success.

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ADF&G will install a new weir in 2015. Graphic from ADF&G.

ADF&G will install a new weir in 2015. Graphic from ADF&G.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will install a new weir in the headwaters of the Kuskokwim this summer to better track king salmon on their journey up the river to their spawning grounds.
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Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission steering committee members hear from AVCP attorney Sky Starkey. Photo by Ben Matheson  / KYUK.

Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission steering committee members hear from AVCP attorney Sky Starkey. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Efforts to establish tribal co-management of Kuskokwim salmon are slowly progressing. A steering committee is in Bethel to sketch out the future of who regulates the river. Kuskokwim fishermen are eager to be managers, instead of simply advisers.

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Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Alaska subsistence users currently navigate a complicated dual management system of state and federal control. That could expand in the future to include tribes working closely in some form of co-management. Kuskokwim tribal leaders plan to take steps soon toward establishing a tribal commission for the co-management of salmon.

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2014 saw the first dipnetting on the Kuskokwim river. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

2014 saw the first dipnetting on the Kuskokwim river. Photo by Ben Matheson/KYUK.

The Federal Subsistence Board is meeting in Anchorage this week to work through a long list of proposals, including a couple of Kuskokwim salmon initiatives.
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