Following the first sighting of wild-born wood bison calves near the Yukon River, on this episode of Delta Affairs Weekly, KYUK’s Adrian Wagner speaks with Tom Seaton, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, on the wood bison reintroduction in Western Alaska.
The USACE presenting the Donlin Gold EIS in Nunapitchuk.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has completed a week of back-to-back meetings collecting public comment on the Donlin Gold draft environmental impact statement, or EIS, with a visit to Nunapitchuk.
The Army Corps is the lead federal agency on the document and has contracted the international environmental and engineering firm AECOM to create the draft.
About 25 people from Nunapitchuk, Kasigluk, and Atmautluak attended the gathering on Thursday to testify on the proposed open pit gold mine located about 10 miles north of the village of Crooked Creek and the Kuskokwim River.
The comments at the meeting remained consistent with concerns expressed in other villages throughout the Yukon Kuskokwim region on the project, mainly residents want the economic benefits of jobs without assuming the environmental impacts mining could have on subsistence. Read more →
(left to right) The RAC Chair Lester Wilde, Sr. Vice Chair Greg Roczicka, council members Dorothy Johnson and Robert Aloysius. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/ KYUK)
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, or the YK Detla RAC, finished its two-day meeting at the Cultural Center in Bethel on Thursday.
The council considered eight proposals, which ranged from harvest limits to redefining unit boundaries.
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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 →
The Kuskokwim’s first commercial opening is Monday afternoon. KYUK file photo.
The summer’s first commercial fishing on the Kuskokwim River takes place Monday, August 10th.
Managers say that this year’s silver run is below average for this time of year and could be late or weak. But they say there should be enough fish for escapement, subsistence, and a limited commercial harvest. Read more →
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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The Kuskokwim will open indefinitely to 6″ gillnet fishing. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.
As of 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, state fishery managers are opening the Kuskokwim indefinitely for 6-inch gillnet fishing. The opening directly follows scheduled fishing periods Wednesday.
The chum salmon numbers at the Bethel Test Fishery have been among the lowest on record. That kept the lower river on a twice-weekly subsistence fishing schedule to bring more chum to spawning grounds. Managers say there is “mounting evidence” that the Kogrukluk River escapement goal may not be reached. Read more →
Tim Schuerch, President CEO of Maniilaq, Willie Goodwin, Kotzebue Elder’s Council Chairman and John Lincoln, Maniilaq Board of Director’s Chairman cutting the ribbon. Photo by Dr. Ted Mala
The Maniilaq Association, a tribally-operated health and social services organization based in Kotzebue, hosted a ‘soft opening’ for their new traditional foods processing facility Tuesday. Val Kreil is the administrator for the nursing home run by Maniilaq. He says the new facility provides a place for animals killed by local hunters to be donated and processed for elders. The Siglauq is the first facility of its kind in Alaska.
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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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There will be a brief salmon fishing period July 8th. Photo by Shane Iverson / KYUK.
Another subsistence fishing opener takes place Wednesday on the Kuskokwim River. 50 fathom, 6-inch nets are allowed. The timing varies on different parts of the river.
The opening comes as fishermen watch what looks like a very weak chum salmon run. Aaron Poetter is the state management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the Kuskokwim area. Read more →