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State Announces First Kuskokwim Bay Commercial Fishing Opening Of Season

A fisherman driftnets for salmon in the Kuskokwim River near Napaskiak on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile

The state is opening up commercial fishing in Kuskokwim Bay. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the first commercial opening of the season will be in Quinhagak and Goodnews Bay on Friday, July 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Subsistence fishing in those areas will be closed from 12:01 a.m on July 2 until 12:01 a.m. on July 3.

Commercial fishermen must use 6 inch or less mesh gillnets that may not exceed 50 fathoms in length, and that are not more than 45 meshes deep.

E&E foods, a Seattle-based company, will be purchasing salmon exclusively from fishermen approved by the Independent Fishermen of Quinhagak Cooperative. The group revived commercial salmon fishing in Kuskokwim Bay last year after a five year hiatus. Around 70 fishermen participated in last year’s commercial fishery in Kuskokwim Bay.


Greg Kim is a news reporter for KYUK covering environment, health, education, public safety, culture and subsistence. He's covered everything from Newtok's relocation due to climate change-fueled erosion to the Bethel chicken massacre of 2020.
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