Hunting & Fishing

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

Later Conservation Closure Proposed For Kusko Kings

Apr 6, 2018

Management of the Kuskowkim salmon fishery will look much the same as last year, according to plans unveiled by fishery managers at a meeting this week in Anchorage. The early closure to help kings swimming to the spawning waters are still in place, but the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group recommends starting the rolling closures five days later. The idea is to begin them in the Lower Kuskokwim Sections 1 and 2 on May 25 instead of May 20. That would push the closure in Section 3 to May 30, Section 4 to June 4, and the closure in Section 5 would be on June 9.

Combat Fishing on the Kusko? Unlikely.

Apr 5, 2018

You could have heard a gasp when it became clear at an Anchorage meeting on Wednesday that the state’s new tool to help manage king salmon on the Kuskokwim River, a special subsistence king salmon permit, would be available in Anchorage. The plan has some of the river’s residents worried that it would destroy years of sacrifice to get more fish to spawning grounds.

Bob Aloysius of Kalskag testifies at the Federal Special Action public hearing held by the Federal Subsistence Board in Bethel on March 14, 2018.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Kuskokwim residents are largely giving their support to another summer of fishing restrictions, but they want to see some things about last year’s conservation measures changed.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game / ADF&G

If you have ideas on how to improve fishing regulations in Western Alaska, there are a few weeks remaining to send that idea you have to the top. That is, to the Board of Fish to consider during their meeting next year.

Salmon drying on a Kuskokwim fish rack.
Shane Iverson / KYUK

It’s the same story, different year. Biologists are expecting another low king salmon run on the Kuskokwim River this summer, and to conserve these stocks, federal managers want to restrict fishing in the same ways as in recent years.

Local mushers say that they are buying dog food and relying on fish from neighbors to cope with low salmon returns from fishing restrictions.
Dave Cannon

Local mushers say that they are buying dog food and relying on fish from neighbors to cope with low salmon returns from fishing restrictions. A weak Kuskokwim king run limited gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River this summer.


Another Moose Hunt For Platinum And Goodnews Bay

Dec 21, 2017
Togiak National Wildlife Refuge

Attention Platinum and Goodnews Bay: moose hunting opens today, Thursday, December 21 in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Game Management Unit 17. The 31-day winter moose opening will run through January 20 with a limit of two moose.

Salmon caught during the June 24, 2017 gillnet opening on the Kuskokwim.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK Public Media

Christmas may have come early for subsistence fishermen looking toward next season on the Kuskokwim River as biologists expect a healthy king salmon run there this summer. The preliminary estimate calls for 140,000 to 190,000 kings to swim up the Kuskokwim River in 2018.

James Charles of Tuntutuliak (left) and Ray Oney of Alakanuk (right) receive the ADF&G Excellence in Service Award at the Alaska Board of Game meeting in November 2017.
Sherry Wright / Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Every year the Alaska Department of Fish and Game awards five people serving on their advisory committees an “Excellence in Service” certificate to honor their dedication, advocacy, and leadership. This year, three of those five people are from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Ray Oney of Alakanuk, James Charles of Tuntutuliak, and Barbara Carlson of Sleetmute.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Tuntutuliak elder James Charles as a "Conservation Hero" at the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention for his more than 50 years of partnership with the federal service.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

When there’s a meeting on the Kuskokwim concerning fish or wildlife, Tuntutuliak elder James Charles is usually at the table. He’s been at that table for decades, kindly looking at managers over his glasses and offering a guiding voice. At the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Charles as a “Conservation Hero.”