Hunting & Fishing

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

In the village of Quinhagak, a plan to sell salmon to the Seattle-based Northwest Seafood Exchange has fallen through after the Coastal Villages Region Fund refused the Quinhagak village corporation manager access to processing equipment. The fishermen in Quinhagak join others in the region in having commercial fishing opportunities but nowhere to sell their fish. This move by CVRF highlights a string of what many are calling poor management choices,and others are calling tactics by executives to line their own pockets rather than serve their communities. This is the first of three reports based on a KYUK investigation of the issue.

Nick P. Andrew Jr.

Marshall continues looking for solutions to fix its broken ice machine. Ten fishermen testified at the Maserculiq native corporation monthly board meeting on Tuesday, asking the corporation to replace or repair the ice maker's compressor. One of the fishermen was Nick P. Andrew Jr.


Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced this year’s first fall chum commercial fishing opening on the Yukon River, District Two. The six-hour opening will run from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. Gillnets are restricted to six-inch or smaller mesh size. Set gillnets cannot exceed 150 fathoms, or 900 feet. Drift gillnets cannot exceed 50 fathoms, or 300 feet.

Nick P. Andrew Jr.

The first commercial fishing opening for fall chum starts Wednesday for Marshall and Russian Mission, but still no solution has been found for the villages’ broken ice machine.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced this year’s first fall chum commercial fishing opening on the Lower Yukon River, District One. The nine-hour opening takes place Monday, July 18 from 3 p.m. until 12 p.m., midnight. 

Nick P. Andrew Jr.

A broken ice machine has stalled commercial fishing for two villages on the Lower Yukon River. The village corporation won’t fix the machine. Fishermen have to travel 90 miles and back to get ice. And they’re calling for help. Meanwhile, the fish and the opportunity for income are swimming by.

King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a subsistence fishing opening for the Kuskokwim River. The opening begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7 and lasts until further notice. Gillnets must be six-inch mesh or less and no longer than 50 fathoms in length.

King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. Fish and Wildlife has announced a 72-hour opening for chinook and chum salmon harvests for federally qualified subsistence users beginning at 12:01 p.m., noon, Wednesday.

Building Bridges: USFWS Reaches Out To Kuskokwim Youth

Jun 23, 2016
Department of the Interier

With the start of the fishing season comes the end of a series of youth workshops in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

The goal of the workshops is to teach rural Alaskan children to better understand wildlife management. Crystal Leonetti, Native Liaison for the Service, says the workshops seek to overcome a longstanding divide between managers and residents. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner spoke with Leonetti after one such workshop in Kwethluk.

Salmon Run: Where We Are

Jun 23, 2016
Photo courtesy of the Division of Natural Resources

With the opening of fishing on the Kuskokwim River, many are wondering how this years salmon run is shaping up and what to expect throughout the fishing season. KYUK’s Adrian Wagner spoke with US Wildlife Refuge Manager, Ray Born to find out.