Hunting & Fishing

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

Courtesy of Spearfish Research

The state has drawn criticism for allowing the  first commercial sale of king salmon on Yukon since 2011. Subsistence users along the international river phoned in to protest the decision.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fishermen are selling more salmon than the Yukon River’s only buyer can handle. On Monday, record-breaking sales closed a commercial opening for fishermen upriver. Those fishermen spent Tuesday watching tens of thousands of dollars swim by during the river’s first opportunity to sell king salmon this decade.

Shane Iverson / KYUK

The Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers are having opposite experiences with king salmon this season.

Dave Cannon

This week on Fish Talk, you’re the guest. KYUK is holding a call-in show about your experience fishing on the Kuskokwim this summer.

Gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River near Aniak.
Dave Cannon

Today could be an important day for Kuskokwim River king salmon and those who fish them.

Many people are unhappy about how the Kuskokwim River has been managed this summer. Some wanted more fishing, and some wanted less. Dave Cannon, of Aniak, has taken his frustrations to the top.

Ten Alaskans Sickened By Parasite In Raw Walrus Meat

Jul 14, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

A parasite in raw or undercooked walrus meat is making Alaskans sick.

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.