subsistence fishing

Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.

Gillnet fishing restrictions have been relaxed on the lower Kuskokwim river.

From the mouth to Chuathbaluk subsistence fishing for chum and sockeye salmon with 6-inch gillnets, up to 50 fathoms long will be open until further notice. Managers say chum and sockeye far outnumber kings at this point. Managers are also opening up dipnetting to 24/7 on the same stretch. Fishermen must release any king salmon caught back to the river. Read more →

Test fish bound for the Bethel Senior Center. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Test fish bound for the Bethel Senior Center. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel Test Fishery put nets in the water five days early this year. With no salmon fishing happening in the early season, the test data will be central to understanding the strength of the king run and helping managers decide when to open up for other species.

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"Charlie" Brown from Eek shares information about the lower Kuskokwim at a meeting for the Kuskokwim Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

“Charlie” Brown from Eek shares information about the lower Kuskokwim at a meeting for the Kuskokwim Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Tribal representatives took the first steps on Wednesday towards establishing the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. The group intends to push for co-management of salmon stocks and more direct involvement for tribal fisherman.

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Federal management responsibility map, from Office of Subsistence Management.

Federal management responsibility map, from Office of Subsistence Management.

The Federal Subsistence Board Thursday unanimously approved a special action request from the Napaskiak Traditional Council that would limit any available king salmon to federally qualified subsistence users of 32 specific Kuskokwim communities.

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