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Hunting & Fishing

Stories related to subsistence/commercial/sport: hunting, fishing, gathering activities.

A king salmon is harvested during the Kuskokwim's gillnet opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim River has entered is fifth year of fishing restrictions because of low king salmon returns, and many people along the river are urging their fellow residents to support each other during this changing time when everyone is under difficult constraints.


A gillnet soaks in the Kuskokwim River during the opening on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The federal waters of the lower Kuskokwim River will have another gillnet opening on Saturday, June 16 to target salmon. The regulations will be the same as the previous 6-inch opening. The next gillnet opening in state waters will be Tuesday, June 19.


Commercial Chum Opening On Yukon

Jun 12, 2018

There is a commercial chum salmon opening on the lower Yukon River tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13. The 12-hour commercial fishing period begins at noon on Wednesday and runs until midnight in District 1 of the Yukon River. The areas in the commercial opening include the North Coastal district, the Black River, and the communities of Nunam Iqua, Alakanuk, Emmonak, and Kotlik. Subsistence fishing is closed during the commercial fishing period and all king salmon caught in this opening must be released alive immediately and recorded on the fish ticket.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Today is the Kuskokwim River’s first 6-inch gillnet opening of the season. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., fishermen can drift and set net along the entire main stem and most tributaries. In many lower river communities, when fishermen bring their harvests to camp or to the harbor, surveyors will be there to ask questions about their catch. The surveys are anonymous and are conducted by people who live in the community. Surveyors will be in Tuntutuliak, Napaskiak, Napakiak, Kwethluk, Akiachak, and Akiak.


Kuskokwim King Nets Go In At 10 a.m. On Tuesday

Jun 11, 2018

The first gillnet opening of the season targeting king salmon on the Kuskokwim River begins Tuesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

The 12-hour opening runs from the river’s mouth on the coast, to Aniak in federal waters inside the Yukon Delta National Refuge, and upstream in state waters to the Holitna River mouth.

In state waters outside the refuge, subsistence fishing with 6-inch mesh must use nets no deeper than 45 meshes and no more than 150 feet in length.

Investigation Closes On Kuskokwim Gray Whale Killing

Jun 8, 2018
Katie Basile / KYUK

The final enforcement outcome was a slap on wrist nine months after a gray whale swam up the Kuskokwim River and was killed. The whale was killed by local hunters after it was discovered swimming in the river near Bethel and was later retrieved and butchered. Those involved received letters from the Federal government explaining that gray whales are protected and that it is illegal to kill one.  

First Summer King Opening Tuesday

Jun 8, 2018
Shane Iverson / KYUK

On Tuesday, June 12, Federal managers will take over management of the Lower Kuskokwim waters in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Tuesday is also the first river-wide 6-inch mesh gillnet salmon opening of the summer. Federally qualified fishermen will be able to put their nets in the water at 10 a.m on Tuesday and continue fishing until 10 p.m. that night.

Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Executive Director Mary Peltola says that the opening is meant to help people catch salmon early in the run.

NORTH PACIFIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

New state data reveals that the number of king salmon returning to the Kuskokwim River has been inflated for decades. Now, the state is recommending that the body governing the Bering Sea pollock fishery adopt this new information.  If it does, restrictions on the fleet’s bycatch of king salmon could tighten, and a long-voiced demand from Kuskokwim residents could be met.

The Kuskokwim River will have another gillnet fishing opening on Wednesday to target non-salmon species such as whitefish and sheefish.

Kings On The Yukon

Jun 1, 2018

The first king salmon has already been caught on the Yukon river. Kings and chums were harvested on May 27, but there is a lot of water in the lower Yukon River this season, along with a lot of wood debris that's making it tough to fish.

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