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Hunting & Fishing

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

Gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River near Aniak.
Dave Cannon / KYUK

The third year of fisheries co-management on the Kuskokwim River has been difficult. This summer’s low king salmon run meant some tough decisions for the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission, the group that manages the fishery in conjunction with the federal government. This year's low run forced the commission to limit drift nets until most of the kings swam by. KYUK sat down with commissioners to discuss this season and their plans for moving ahead.


Former Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission Executive Director LaMont Albertson, Executive Director Mary Peltola, and Chairman and Upriver In-season Manager Nick Kameroff discuss the changing management of the Kuskokwim under tribes.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Today on Fish Talk, we’re talking about how tribes are changing king salmon management on the Kuskokwim River.


Fresh cut red salmon hangs by the Kuskokwim River in Sleetmute.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Concern and fear over empty smokehouses along the Kuskokwim seem to have subsided. The river was closed most of June, but an abundance of red and chum salmon have filled the river this July. The switch to fishing later in the summer has one resident wondering if regulations are causing a shift in subsistence culture and if tribes should help that along.


Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Starting at noon today, Thursday, July 13, fishers can use longer gillnets in the lower Kuskokwim River.

Dave Cannon

The king count on the Kuskokwim is still low, but it's another story on the Yukon.

The opening begins at noon on Saturday in sections 1 through 4 of the river. Gillnets with 6-inch or less mesh that are 45 mesh deep and 25 fathoms in length are allowed.
Dave Cannon / KYUK

State managers have opened subsistence fishing this weekend from the mouth of the Kuskokwim to the mouth of the Holitna River. The opening begins at noon on Saturday in sections 1 through 4 of the river. Gillnets with 6-inch or less mesh that are 45 mesh deep and 25 fathoms in length are allowed.

State of Alaska

At midnight tonight, the state will take over the waters of the Kuskokwim River drainage currently under federal jurisdiction.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Welcome to Fish Talk, a talk show about fish on the Kuskokwim. Today we’re talking about how Alaska Fish and Game uses weirs and sonar to count salmon moving up the Kuskokwim.


USFWS

The numbers are in from the two recent gillnet openings on the Kuskokwim River. Although Monday’s opening stretched twice as long as Saturday’s, more people fished during the weekend window.

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

The possibility of king salmon meeting the escapement goal on the Kuskokwim this year remains low. By one estimate, it’s a coin toss. By another, it’s highly unlikely to happen.


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