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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.

Today on Fish Talk we’re opening the discussion about beaver dams and fish weirs.

 

 

 


Shane Iverson / KYUK Public Media

It’s two weeks away, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a Kuskokwim River fishing opening for Monday, June 12. That’s the day USF&WS takes over management of king salmon in the lower and middle river where it runs through federal lands.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

Water on the Kuskokwim is low, and nets are coming up mostly empty. Subsistence fishermen along the entire river are reporting this situation. Other fishermen, facing tight restrictions and cultural tension, have decided to refuse to fish.


Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Thursday on Fish Talk we’re busting myths about beaver dams and fish weirs.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK Public Media

What’s happening with the kings? That’s the question of the season, the question of the last several years, and it’s the question that state managers are asking Kuskokwim subsistence fishermen to help them figure out.


King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

King salmon have arrived on the Yukon River. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says that the first subsistence-caught king was reported last week. With the kings moving upriver, the state is issuing a series of fishing restrictions.

King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

Beginning June 12, management of king salmon on the lower and middle Kuskokwim River will switch from state to federal control. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hand over management to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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