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High Waters Bring Hard Choices For Salmon Managment

Sep 21, 2016
Janessa Esquible / ONC

High water levels made it difficult for federal and state managers to count salmon all across the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta this year, which can have real effects on salmon management in the area. Aaron Webber, a fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says that high waters can bring more uncertainty to a job that already has plenty of it.

ADF&G / Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The state managed permit moose-hunting season in the portion of Unit 18 on the lower Kuskokwim was closed to moose hunting as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 5. The federally managed side of the season is still open.

ADF&G / Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The state managed permit moose-hunting season in the portion of Unit 18 on the lower Kuskokwim will close to moose hunting effective 11:59 pm Monday.

Final Salmon Working Group Meeting

Aug 31, 2016
ADFG

At the last Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group meeting of the year, managers and other members from the Delta found themselves with no action items, but plenty about this year's salmon season to reflect on. 

USFWS

There are more geese and ducks on the tundra this year, and hunters will get an extra shot at them.

Starting September 1, bag limits for three waterfowl species will go up as the state takes over for federal managers.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Wednesday is the final day to get free fish from the big green bin by the mouth of Brown Slough. Since July the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has loaded the bin with salmon and whitefish from the Bethel test fishery for community members to take home. The fishery is used to estimate the number of fish running up the Kuskokwim past Bethel, and Wednesday is the final day that it will operate this season. ADF&G has provided 6,226 fish from the test site to the Kuskokwim River communities this summer.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Monday, representatives from the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission in Washington met with their Kuskokwim counterparts to talk about what’s next for co-management. As the fishing season on the Kuskowim comes to a close, so does the first year of co-management in the area. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner spoke with Ed Johnstone of the visiting commission to get an outsider's perspective on how the Kusko group did, and how they can improve.

Karen Laubenstein / USFWS

Proposals to change federal subsistence management are under discussion across the state.

NOAA

Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a commercial salmon opening in the Bethel Kuskokwim area. The six-hour opening starts Friday, August 12 from noon to 6 p.m. in Subdistrict 1-A. That’s the area of District 1 upstream of Bethel to the mouth of Bogus Creek. The opening is for catcher/sellers registered with ADF&G. Subsistence fishing will remain open during this time. This is the second commercial opening of this kind for the Bethel area this season.

Karen Laubenstein / USFWS

Federal and state managers have expanded the moose hunt in the Lower Kuskokwim area to 240 bull moose. That’s 85 more moose than last year’s quota.

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