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Hunting & Fishing

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

USFWS

There are more geese and ducks on the tundra this year, and hunters will get an extra shot at them.

Starting September 1, bag limits for three waterfowl species will go up as the state takes over for federal managers.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Wednesday is the final day to get free fish from the big green bin by the mouth of Brown Slough. Since July the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has loaded the bin with salmon and whitefish from the Bethel test fishery for community members to take home. The fishery is used to estimate the number of fish running up the Kuskokwim past Bethel, and Wednesday is the final day that it will operate this season. ADF&G has provided 6,226 fish from the test site to the Kuskokwim River communities this summer.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Monday, representatives from the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission in Washington met with their Kuskokwim counterparts to talk about what’s next for co-management. As the fishing season on the Kuskowim comes to a close, so does the first year of co-management in the area. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner spoke with Ed Johnstone of the visiting commission to get an outsider's perspective on how the Kusko group did, and how they can improve.

Karen Laubenstein / USFWS

Proposals to change federal subsistence management are under discussion across the state.

NOAA

Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a commercial salmon opening in the Bethel Kuskokwim area. The six-hour opening starts Friday, August 12 from noon to 6 p.m. in Subdistrict 1-A. That’s the area of District 1 upstream of Bethel to the mouth of Bogus Creek. The opening is for catcher/sellers registered with ADF&G. Subsistence fishing will remain open during this time. This is the second commercial opening of this kind for the Bethel area this season.

Karen Laubenstein / USFWS

Federal and state managers have expanded the moose hunt in the Lower Kuskokwim area to 240 bull moose. That’s 85 more moose than last year’s quota.

Work, Fish, Hope: Money

Jul 28, 2016
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Coastal Villages Region Fund has shut down all onshore fish processing operations of its Coastal Villages Seafood subsidiary. The corporation receives a Community Development Quota of offshore fisheries and is meant to use its income to infuse Alaska’s southwest coastal villages with economic growth. But the sudden shutdown of all onshore processing capacity in the area leaves a situation in which it’s not clear who is benefiting: the region, or CVRF executives and non-Alaskans.

Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a commercial salmon opening in the Bethel-Lower Kuskokwim area. The six-hour opening is Friday, July 29 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Subdistrict 1-A. This area is defined as that portion of District 1 upstream of regulatory markers located at Bethel to ADF&G regulatory markers at the mouth of Bogus Creek. The opening is for catcher/sellers registered with ADF&G. Subsistence fishing will remain open during this time.

ADFG

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that the chum and king salmon runs have largely passed the Kuskokwim area and the silver salmon are on their way. During this transition, ADF&G has lifted some restrictions on subsistence fishing in the Kuskokwim area.

Tim Bowman / USFWS

 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has lifted its ban on harvesting black brant and cackling geese in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. USFWS closed hunting for the migratory birds at the end of May before the egg laying season began. Now the eggs have hatched and biologists are reporting that the young birds have fledged, or grown feathers strong enough to fly. USFWS ended the closure on July 10 after consultation with USFWS field biologists and the Association of Village Council Presidents’ Waterfowl Conservation Committee.

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