KUSKOKWIM SALMON FISHING OPEN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE…

Kuskokwim River Salmon Fishery Announcement #10 Emergency Order #3-S-WR-8-18

This is an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Bethel for subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Area.

These subsistence fishery management actions were supported by the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Group at the recent meeting open to all stakeholders on July 6, 2018 held in Bethel. Subsequent management actions will be announced based on inseason assessment with support from the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group.

State Management Effective 3:00 p.m. July 6, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be managing the Kuskokwim River drainage. Subsistence fishing announcements by the State of Alaska will be available to Alaska residents. Yukon Delta NWR boundary at the mouth of the Kuskokwim River upstream to the Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Aniak (Sections 1–3): Subsistence fishing will be allowed beginning 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 6 until further notice. Below the Johnson River, gillnets are restricted to 6-inch or less mesh, 45 meshes in depth, and 50 fathoms in length. Above the Johnson River, gillnets are restricted to 6-inch or less mesh, 45 meshes in depth, and 25 fathoms in length.

For more details click this link: KuskokwimRiverSalmonFisheryAnnouncementNum10

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 SALMON FISHING OPPORTUNITY

Friday, 29 2018 federally qualified users are able to fish using gillnets in
Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River main-stem within the Yukon Delta National
Wildlife Refuge boundary from 12:00 PM (noon) until 6:00 PM following the below guidelines when using gillnets: 

• 6-inch or less mesh;
• May not exceed 45 meshes in depth;
• May not exceed 25 fathoms (150 feet) in length above the Johnson River to the boundary of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge at Aniak;
• May not exceed 50 fathoms (300 feet) in length below the Johnson River to the mouth of the Kuskokwim River.

Salmon tributaries of the Kuskokwim within the boundaries of the Refuge, including the Eek, Kwethluk, Kasigluk, Kisaralik, Tuluksak, and Aniak rivers will remain closed to fishing for Chinook Salmon, as will the Old Kuskokuak where the Kisaralik and Kasigluk drain and the Kuskokuak between the lower confluence with the Kuskokwim River and the confluence with the Kwethluk River. This is to protect Chinook bound for the Kwethluk, Kasigluk and Kisaralik Rivers.

For more information see below:

3-KS-08-18_News Release

3-KS-08-18 Final

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 SALMON FISHING OPPORTUNITY

Sunday, June 24, 2018 federally qualified users are able to fish using gillnets in
Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River main-stem within the Yukon Delta National
Wildlife Refuge boundary from 10:00AM until 10:00 PM following the below guidelines when using gillnets: 

• 6-inch or less mesh;
• May not exceed 45 meshes in depth;
• May not exceed 25 fathoms (150 feet) in length above the Johnson River to the boundary of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge at Aniak;
• May not exceed 50 fathoms (300 feet) in length below the Johnson River to the mouth of the Kuskokwim River.

Salmon tributaries of the Kuskokwim within the boundaries of the Refuge, including the Eek, Kwethluk, Kasigluk, Kisaralik, Tuluksak, and Aniak rivers will remain closed to fishing for Chinook Salmon, as will the Old Kuskokuak where the Kisaralik and Kasigluk drain and the Kuskokuak between the lower confluence with the Kuskokwim River and the confluence with the Kwethluk River. This is to protect Chinook bound for the Kwethluk, Kasigluk and Kisaralik Rivers. In addition, the area referred to as the “Aniak Box”, from the Refuge boundary an Aniak to the downstream end of the Aniak runway will be closed to fishing for Chinook Salmon to protect fish bound for the Aniak River.

For more information see the links below: 

3-KS-06-22 News Release

3-KS-06-22 Final

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 SALMON FISHING OPPORTUNITY

June 16, 2018 federally qualified users are able to fish using gillnets in
Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River main-stem within the Yukon Delta National
Wildlife Refuge boundary from 10:00AM until 10:00 PM following the below guidelines: 

• 6-inch or less mesh

• May not exceed 45 meshes in depth

• May not exceed 25 fathoms (150 feet) in length above the Johnson River to the boundary of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge at Aniak

• May not exceed 50 fathoms (300 feet) in length below the Johnson River to the mouth of the Kuskokwim River. 

Salmon tributaries of the Kuskokwim within the boundaries of the Refuge, including the Eek, Kwethluk, Kasigluk, Kisaralik, Tuluksak, and Aniak rivers will remain closed to fishing for Chinook Salmon, as will the Old Kuskokuak where the Kisaralik and Kasigluk drain and the Kuskokuak between the lower confluence with the Kuskokwim River and the confluence with the Kwethluk River. This is to protect Chinook bound for the Kwethluk, Kasigluk and Kisaralik Rivers.

PLEASE CLICK THE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION!

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12 SALMON FISHING OPPORTUNITY

June 12, 2018 federally qualified users are able to fish using gillnets in
Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River main-stem within the Yukon Delta National
Wildlife Refuge boundary from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM following the below guidelines: 

• 6-inch or less mesh

• May not exceed 45 meshes in depth

• May not exceed 25 fathoms (150 feet) in length above the Johnson River to the boundary of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge at Aniak

• May not exceed 50 fathoms (300 feet) in length below the Johnson River to the mouth of the Kuskokwim River. 

Salmon tributaries of the Kuskokwim within the boundaries of the Refuge, including the Eek, Kwethluk, Kasigluk, Kisaralik, Tuluksak, and Aniak rivers will remain closed to fishing for Chinook Salmon, as will the Old Kuskokuak where the Kisaralik and Kasigluk drain and the Kuskokuak between the lower confluence with the Kuskokwim River and the confluence with the Kwethluk River. This is to protect Chinook bound for the Kwethluk, Kasigluk and Kisaralik Rivers.

PLEASE CLICK THE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION!

 3-KS-04-18 Final

3-KS-04-18_News Release

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 4″ SET GILLNET FISHING OPPORTUNITY

“Subsistence fishing will be allowed on the Kuskokwim River mainstem from the Yukon Delta Refuge boundary at the mouth of the Kuskokwim River to the Holitna River mouth (Sections 1–4) with 4-inch or less mesh size set gillnets from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Set gillnets may not exceed 60 feet in length and 45 meshes in depth and may not be operated more than 100 feet from the ordinary high water mark.”

See following document for more information –> EO-3-WR-03-18

FRIDAY, MAY 30 CHINOOK SALMON AGE-SEX-LENGTH SAMPLE TRAINING

INTERESTED IN EARNING $5 PER KING SALMON YOU HARVEST THIS SEASON? You can help us determine trends in sex, age and length of returning Kuskokwim King salmon. We are hoping to recruit you to become a sampler this upcoming summer! Please join us, Friday, June 1 at the OTNC multipurpose building/bowling alley from 1130AM-630PM.

PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS FLYER FOR MORE INFORMATION –> ASL_OutreachFlyer_2018

UPCOMING PUBLIC HEARING – FISHERIES SPECIAL ACTION REQUEST

WHEN?

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

6-8PM

WHERE?

Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center

420 Cheif Eddie Hoffman Highway, Bethel

YOU CAN ALSO CALL 1-888-455-5897 , PARTICIPANT PASSCODE: 3344290

WHY?

Temporary Special Action Request FSA18-03, submitted by the Akiak Native Community, requests the following from the Board:
• Close Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River drainage to the harvest of Chinook Salmon except by Federally qualified subsistence users possessing a community harvest permit between May 20, 2018 and July 1, 2018,
• Reduce the pool of eligible harvesters based on the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) Section 804 Subsistence User Prioritization that was implemented in 2017, and
• Establish a harvest allocation of Chinook Salmon similar to what was implemented in 2015.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK

THE LINK BELOW:

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