Hunting & Fishing

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

The whale killed in the Kuskokwim River was butchered, and the meat and blubber distributed to people from up and down the river on Saturday, July 29, 2017. NOAA is still investigating the whale's death.
Katie Basile/KYUK

It’s been three weeks since a crew of hunters shot, harpooned, and killed a gray whale in the Kuskokwim River, and federal agencies are still investigating the incident.

Warren Jones, the CEO of Qanirtuuq Inc., surveys Quinhagak's defunct processing plant.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Several weeks ago, the financing fell through on a plan to bring the "Akutan," a floating fish processing vessel, to Kuskokwim Bay. For the second summer in a row, fishermen in the coastal community of Quinhagak have nowhere to sell their catch; many in the village are now struggling to make ends meet.

Silver salmon fills the bottom of a boat during a subsistence opening in August 2016 near Bethel.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Kuskokwim River is seeing a slow silver salmon run this year, but recent data suggests that the numbers might be building.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Moose season is less than a month away. As hunters begin applying for permits for the Kuskokwim, here are some changes to know about.

Marine Mammal Commission

Two weeks ago, locals killed a gray whale on the Kuskokwim river without international or federal authorization. Meanwhile, a tribe in the lower 48 has been fighting a political battle for decades to gain recognition for its traditional right to hunt gray whales.

Chris Johnson / NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Today on Fish Talk, KYUK continues our conversation about gray whales by discussing the long political struggle the Makah Tribe in Washington state is undergoing to regain its whaling rights.

A wood bison makes its way through the tundra.
Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

After over 20 years of hard work, a dogged crew of wildlife managers has successfully reintroduced wood bison to the tundra of Southwest Alaska. Now, they’ve received an award for it. This week, the state Fish and Game department announced that the Wood Bison Reintroduction Team received a special achievement award for its work from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Commercial Opener on Lower Yukon

Aug 8, 2017

The abundance of king salmon on the Yukon River this summer has been larger than average. Much larger than average. More than enough king salmon have swum up the Yukon to Canada than are needed to meet the Canadian harvest share. In fact, it even exceeds the upper end of that harvest share required by the US-Canada Salmon Treaty.  

Michael Whitney visits with local children in Kipnuk.
Courtesy of Michael Whitney.

On Friday, Wildlife Officer Michael Whitney stood in front of a floor-to-ceiling map of Alaska and pointed out each of the Delta villages he works with. "We cover up there, to the coast," he said. "Up through Scammon Bay, Hooper Bay, Kotlik..."

Fresh cut red salmon hangs by the Kuskokwim River in Sleetmute.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

The state estimates that about 15 percent of the silver salmon run has passed Bethel, with many more silvers to come. Other salmon runs are seeing some of their highest numbers ever recorded.