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Fish from the Bethel Test Fishery bound for the Elder's Home in 2014.
Ben Matheson / KYUK Public Media

You can get your nets ready. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 24, there will be a gillnet opening on the Kuskokwim main-stem from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River upstream to the Holitna River. The 12-hour opening stretches from noon to midnight. Fishermen are restricted to six-inch mesh or less; nets can be 45 meshes deep and 25 fathoms in length.

Salmon harvest in 2015.
Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

The driving question over the last several years, and the one that’s being asked again as biologists warn that 2017 could be the lowest king salmon run on record, is: why is the king run on the Kuskokwim so low?


KYUK Public Media

Welcome to Fish Talk, a talk show about fish on the Kuskokwim. Because of technical problems we weren’t able to hold a call-in show today like we usually do for Fish Talk. Instead, we’re bringing you an interview we recorded with our guests on the low king salmon numbers on the Kuskokwim.


Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

It's shaping up to be another record low year for king salmon on the Kuskokwim. We’re halfway though the run, and numbers from the Bethel Test Fishery show king salmon numbers similar to 2012 and 2013 when the king population crashed. People here remember those years as the lowest ever recorded. Each year saw about 100,000 kings. Since then tight fishing regulations have followed.


Commercial Fishery Targets Chum On The Yukon

Jun 22, 2017
Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

The first commercial fishing opening on the Lower Yukon River's District 2 took place Wednesday, targeting chum salmon. Kwik'Pak Fisheries, after initially saying they were not going to buy salmon in the Y-2 district, did have a barge at Mountain Village and a tender a little ways up the river. Acting Manager Doug Donegan at Kwik' Pak says that they are open for business.

Dave Cannon / KYUK

State officials are planning to meet with locals next week as they wait for the kings to arrive.

Alaska's Fish and Game Commissioner, Sam Cotten, and his staff will be in Bethel next week to learn more about the Kuskokwim River king salmon crisis. Next Wednesday, June 21, Cotten, along with the directors of the Division of Commercial Fisheries and the Division of Subsistence, will be joining the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group meeting to learn more about the region and to visit and chat with locals.

State controlled waters on the main stem of the Kuskokwim River from the Aniak to the Holitna, and the Holitna up to the headwaters will be open Monday, June 12 for subsistence fishing from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Dave Cannon

State controlled waters on the main stem of the Kuskokwim River from the Aniak to the Holitna, will be open for 24 hours, starting at noon Monday, June 12, going until noon on Tuesday, June 13. From the Holitna up to headwaters will also be opening Monday for subsistence fishing starting at 12 p.m. and open until further notice. Drift or set gillnets at 6 inches or less, not exceeding 150 ft in length, may be used.

 

 

Today on Fish Talk we’re talking about the significance of salmon in Yup’ik culture since the first salmon opening is just around the corner on Monday, June 12.
Dave Cannon

Today on Fish Talk we’re talking about the significance of salmon in Yup’ik culture since the first salmon opening is just around the corner on Monday, June 12.

 

 


The opening for federally qualified subsistence users for king salmon will be from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday, June 12.
Dave Cannon

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a clarification for the Kuskokwim Salmon opening this Monday, June 12. Fish and Wildlife will be taking over management for king salmon on the Kuskokwim’s lower and mid-region up to Aniak. Other fisheries remain open for fish species other than king salmon.

 

Dave Cannon

The latest reports from test fisheries are showing some king salmon moving as far up the Kuskokwim as the mouth of the Aniak river, but the numbers are still looking a bit low compared to last year. Aaron Tiernan, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, said it’s still early in the run, though.

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