FISHERIES JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: 3-5 Full-time Subsistence Fishery Technicians
LOCATION: This position will be based in Bethel, Alaska.
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time, Seasonal. Part-time positions may be available.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Conduct door to door post season subsistence surveys with subsistence fishermen in the Bethel area and collect subsistence salmon fishing calendars. Surveyors will begin training the second week of October.
JOB DURATION:  3-6 weeks beginning October 8
QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a valid driver’s license.  Minimum of 16 years of age, good physical condition, good verbal and written communication skills.  Must be willing to work odd hours, evenings and weekends to achieve work objectives in a timely fashion. Bilingual speakers (English/Yup’ik) are highly desired.
SALARY: $15-$20/hr. DOE, up to 40 hours/week
CLOSING DATE: Monday, September 30th, 2019
HOW TO APPLY? Come by Orutsararmiut Native Council at 117 Katie Hately Lane and pick up an application. Please give completed application to ONC receptionist for Janessa Esquible.
For more questions, please contact Janessa Esquible at 907-543-0523 or email at jesquible@nativecouncil.org
*This project is a partnership project between Orutsararmiut Native Council and Alaska Department of Fish & Game.*

 

What have scientists learned from analyzing salmon ear stones?

This past summer, ONC fisheries crew had the opportunity to sample Chinook salmon ear stones, also known as otoliths, caught in the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Bethel test fishery. We did this through the support of University of Washington scientists, Sean Brennan and Daniel Schindler.

Want have scientists learned from analyzing these ear stones?

Check out this piece written by Sean & Daniel: Science_Shifting habitat mosaics_YukonKuskowkim_FINAL_

Chinook salmon otoliths

Removal of Chinook salmon otolith.

 

Opener for 12 Hours, June 1 to the Harvest of Chinook Salmon with 6-inch set gillnets

Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River will be opened for 12 Hours on June 1 to the Harvest of Chinook Salmon with 6-inch set gillnets by Federally Qualified Subsistence Users

SUMMARY:

Time opened: June 1st, 11 AM to 11 PM

Where: Kuskokwim River drainage and the villages of Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok, and Kongiganak, to harvest Chinook Salmon on Federal public waters

Who: Federally qualified subsistence users identified in the Section 804 subsistence user prioritization analysis

Gear: Set gillnets ONLY, must be attached to the bank and oriented perpendicular to the river; 6-inch or less mesh;

In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and the Alaska
Department of Fish and Game, the Federal In-season Manager announces one 12-hour set gillnet
opportunities for Federally qualified subsistence users identified in the Section 804 subsistence
user prioritization analysis, which includes residents of the Kuskokwim River drainage and the
villages of Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok, and Kongiganak, to harvest Chinook Salmon on
Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River main stem, except for the waters of the
Kuskokwim River mainstem referred to as the Aniak Box (see 3-KS-03-19) on

June 1, 2019.
The start time and end time for this opportunity is from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Salmon tributaries of the Kuskokwim within the boundaries of the Refuge, including the Eek,
Kwethluk (starting at its confluence with the Kuskokuak Slough), Kasigluk, Kisaralik, Tuluksak,
and Aniak rivers will remain closed to fishing for Chinook Salmon, as will the Old Kuskokuak
Slough where the Kisaralik and Kasigluk drain (to protect Chinook bound for the Kasigluk and
Kisaralik Rivers).

The following restrictions apply in the mainstem Kuskokwim River:
 Set gillnets ONLY, must be attached to the bank and oriented perpendicular to the river;
 6-inch or less mesh;
 May not exceed 45 meshes in depth;
 May not exceed 60 feet in length in the water;
 May not be operated more than 100 feet from the ordinary high water mark
Other means and methods (rod and reel, dipnets, fish wheels, and beach seines) remain open to
harvest of all fish, including Chinook Salmon in the mainstem Kuskokwim River.

This harvest opportunity is to provide for the continuation of subsistence uses of Chinook
Salmon that are critical to cultural and traditional needs. While the Chinook run is expected to
be smaller than average, it is strong enough to allow this limited opportunity for a taste of
Chinook Salmon for Federally qualified subsistence users during the early portion of the season.

1011 East Tudor Road MS-121  Anchorage, Alaska 99503-6199  subsistence@fws.gov  (800) 478-1456 /(907) 786-3888

This document has been cleared for public release # 4403172016.

This limited opportunity has been implemented by Federal Emergency Special Action (3-KS-04-
19) under the delegated authority of the Federal Subsistence Board.
Access up-to-date information on fishing opportunities by calling 907-543-1008 or visit the
Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page or www.fws.gov/refuge/yukon_delta/.
Questions? call the Refuge at (907) 543-3151 or at (800) 621-5804.
Additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program may be found on the
web at www.doi.gov/subsistence or by visiting www.facebook.com/subsistencealaska.
Missing out on the latest Federal subsistence issues? If you’d like to receive emails and
notifications on the Federal Subsistence Management Program you may subscribe for regular
updates by emailing fws-fsb-subsistence-request@lists.fws.gov.

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Yukon Delta NWR Subsistence Fishing Notice #1 05/28/2019

These restrictions apply to users fishing from Yukon Delta boundary at Kuskokwim River mouth to ADF&G regulatory marker ½ mile

above Tuluksak River:
 May 28 – June 1, 2019: 6 inch or less gillnets for federally qualified users.
o When using 6 inch or smaller mesh, gillnet depth may not be more than 45 meshes deep. Also, net length may not
exceed 50 fathoms (300 feet).

 June 1 – June 11, 2019: Harvest of Chinook Salmon allowable with Dip Nets, Beach Seines, Fish Wheels & Rod and Reel in
mainstem Kuskokwim River.
o **Gillnets in mainstem not allowed until announced**
o **Gillnets and all other methods in salmon spawning tributaries not allowed for Chinook Salmon**
o **Gillnets in non-salmon spawning tributaries allowed above 100 yards**

These restrictions apply to users fishing at ADF&G regulatory marker ½ mile above Tuluksak River to Yukon Delta National Wildlife boundary above Aniak:

 May 28 – June 1, 2019: No restrictions.
o When using 6 inch or smaller mesh, gillnet depth may not be more than 45 meshes deep. If using greater than 6 inch
gillnets, depth may not exceed 35 meshes deep.

 June 1 –June 11, 2019: Harvest of Chinook Salmon allowable with Dip Nets, Beach Seines, Fish Wheels & Rod and Reel in
mainstem Kuskokwim River.
o **Gillnets in mainstem not allowed until announced**
o ** Gillnets and all other methods in salmon spawning tributaries not allowed for Chinook Salmon **
o **Gillnets in non-salmon spawning tributaries allowed above 100 yards**

Maps:

Closed Waters Map with Kuskokuak Inset

Aniak Box Closure

Kuskokuak Slough

Detailed Area of Eek River_GPS20190528

Kuskokwim River Salmon Fishery Announcement #3 Emergency Order #3-S-WR-02-19

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

Subsistence fishing will be allowed on the Kuskokwim River mainstem within the Yukon Delta Refuge boundaries (Sections 1–3) with 4-inch or less mesh size set gillnets from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019. 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. The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group voted unanimously to support this subsistence fishing period during their preseason meeting in May.
A reminder to subsistence fishermen: All subsistence gillnets must have a keg or buoy attached to the net with the fisherman’s first initial, last name and an address clearly written on it.
As previously announced subsistence fishing with hook and line, fish wheels equipped with live boxes or chutes, beach seines, and dip nets is currently allowed until further notice though any Chinook salmon caught with these gear types must be returned immediately to the water alive.

As a reminder the next meeting of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Working Group is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at ADF&G office in Bethel. This meeting is open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person you may call 1-800-365-6338 passcode: 58756#, to attend via teleconference.

Further announcements will be made from the Bethel Fish and Game office, on the State of Alaska web site (http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=cfnews.main), and local radio stations. News releases will be faxed to area villages and local fish processing companies.

Federal Special Action From June 1 through July 1, management of the king salmon subsistence fishery from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River upstream to the Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Aniak (defined as the Federal Conservation Unit) will be under authority of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Federal Inseason Manager.

For information regarding king salmon subsistence fishing within the Yukon Delta NWR please contact USFWS at 907-543-3151 or 907-543-1003.

For additional information concerning this news release:
ADF&G: Aaron Tiernan in Anchorage 907-267-2379 or Ben Gray 907-543-2331

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Federal Emergency Special Action 3-KS-03-19, Kuskokwim River Closure effective June 1, 2019

For Immediate Release:
May 26, 2019
Contact: Ray Born
(907) 543-3151 or (800) 621-5804
vernon_born@fws.gov

Kuskokwim River Mainstem and Salmon Tributaries in Federal Public Waters Closed to Chinook Salmon harvest with
Gillnets by Federally Qualified Users

Beginning June 1, 2019
The Federal Subsistence Board (Board) closed the Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River to the harvest of Chinook Salmon by non-Federally qualified subsistence users, and limited the pool of Federally qualified subsistence users eligible to harvest Chinook Salmon, via Temporary Special Action FSA19-03 issued during the Board meeting on April 15 – 18, 2019.
In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the Federal In-season Manager has closed Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River main-stem within Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) boundaries to the harvest of Chinook Salmon with gillnets by Federally qualified subsistence users effective at 12:01 am, June 1, 2019. Other means and methods (rod and reel, dipnets, beach seines, and fish wheels) remain open in the mainstem to the harvest of Chinook Salmon by Federally qualified subsistence users.
Salmon-bearing tributaries within the Refuge boundaries are closed to the harvest of Chinook Salmon with all means and methods by Federally qualified subsistence users beginning 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2019. Salmon-bearing tributaries are the Eek, Kwethluk, Kasigluk, Kisaralik, Tuluksak, and Aniak within the boundaries of the Refuge. This closure is based on the need to conserve a lower than average Chinook salmon run.
The Federal In-season Manager will announce any mainstem gillnet opportunities for Chinook Salmon by Federally qualified users in future news releases. This closure has been implemented by Federal Emergency Special Action (3-KS-03-19) under the delegated authority of the Federal Subsistence Board.
Access up-to-date information on fishing opportunities by calling 907-543-1008 or visit the Refuge Facebook page or www.fws.gov/refuge/yukon_delta/. Questions? Call the Refuge at (907) 543-3151 or at (800) 621-5804. Additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program may be found on the web at www.doi.gov/subsistence or by visiting www.facebook.com/subsistencealaska.
Missing out on the latest Federal subsistence issues? If you’d like to receive emails and notifications on the Federal Subsistence Management Program you may subscribe for regular updates by emailing fws-fsb-subsistence-request@lists.fws.gov.
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1011 East Tudor Road MS-121 • Anchorage, Alaska 99503-6199 • subsistence@fws.gov • (800) 478-1456 / (907) 786-3888

Official document: NR 3-KS-03-19 FINAL

Emergency special action: 3-KS-03-19 Signed

Fish Distribution Sign-Up

Hi Bethel community,

If you are 55+ years of age, disabled and/or a widow, you are eligible for our Fish Distribution Program. We receive fish in late-May from Alaska Department of Fish & Game Test Fishery crew and then distribute fish around town to Bethel area Elders, disabled and widows. Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge may also assist us with some distributions.

Sign up by clicking the blue link below:

Fish Distribution Sign-Up

For your information, we have been contacting individuals from the fish distribution list used in prior years. If you complete the survey with one of our fisheries crew members, no need to complete it again! However, if you have yet to be contacted and/or have never received fish from us or our partners in the past and are eligible, please sign up! We will be delivering fish throughout the month of June.

*1 King salmon and 1-5 additional fish of various species (other salmon species or sheefish) are distributed to each qualified individual depending on Bethel Test Fish catches*

Quyana!

Bill Kristovich receiving a King salmon in 2018.

Federal Subsistence Board News Release (4-19-19)

The Federal Subsistence Board approves changes to subsistence fishing regulations. The Federal Subsistence Board (Board) met April 15-18, 2019 in Anchorage to consider 18 proposed changes to the Federal subsistence fisheries regulations, one nonrural proposal threshold assessment, a request for reconsideration (RFR) of a past wildlife proposal, and two fisheries temporary special action requests. The Board heard status updates on RFR15-01 (Kenai River Community Gillnet) and RFR18-01 (Unit 2 Deer), updates on the Partners Program for Fisheries Monitoring, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program internships, and the Eastern Interior Alaska Hunter Education Pilot Program. The Board also conducted Tribal and Alaska Native Corporation consultations.

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region:

  • Allow Federally qualified subsistence users to harvest Chinook Salmon without clipping the tails during
    times when commercial sale of Chinook Salmon is not allowed
  • Make dip nets legal gear for harvest of salmon in the Yukon River, and authorize the Federal inseason
    manager to require the live release of Chinook, Chum, or Coho Salmon during times of low salmon
    abundance, rather than only Chinook Salmon
  • Allow use of six-inch or less mesh size gillnets prior to June 1 in the Kuskokwim River
  • Specify that non-salmon spawning tributaries of the Kuskokwim River not expressly closed by special action
    remain open to the use of gillnets 100 yards upstream of confluence during times of closure to salmon fishing

To view the entire press release, please click the link below:

FSB_April2019_MeetingResults