For the past four days, the state Board of Game has been meeting in Bethel to come to a decision on proposed hunting regulations for the Arctic/Western Region of Alaska. Unit 18, the area surrounding Bethel, will see several changes in moose and bear hunting regulations. Phillip Perry is the Area Wildlife Biologist in Bethel, and recapped those decisions after the meeting on Sunday night.
The Alaska Board of Game is meeting at the Bethel Cultural Center this week to vote on hunting and trapping regulations for Alaska’s Arctic and Western Region. The meeting begins with a work session on Thursday and will be followed by a four-day regulatory meeting from Friday through Monday. The management units under consideration are Units 18, 22, 23, and 26A.
Governor Walker recently announced the appointment of three new members to the Lower Yukon Advisory Panel.
Francis Thompson of St. Mary's, Matilda Oktoyuk of Emmonak, and Raymond Oney of Alakanuk have been appointed to the advisory panel. They will work with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to represent the interests of their communities in the management of the Yukon salmon fishery. They also manage the Yukon River Salmon Restoration and Enhancement Fund.
It was a fish that sent anthropologist Paula Schiefer to Alaska. Now she's on her way back to the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, to write about her findings after spending the last six months studying the relationship between people and salmon on the Kuskokwim River. Schiefer told KYUK’s Adrian Wagner that the beginning of her journey can be traced to something that happened in Europe a few years back.
Caribou hunters in the YK Delta's Unit 18 can now fill both of their caribou tags with bulls at any time during the season. Managers say that this was done to simplify things for hunters, and because of the improving caribou population.
Two fishery proposals passed and two proposals failed at the Lower Kuskokwim Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting Friday. The group consists of representatives from the lower Kuskokwim communities from the river’s mouth northeast to Tuluksak. The advisory group's work then goes to the state Board of Fish for a final decision.
The Lower Kuskokwim Fish and Game Advisory Committee votes on fishery proposals.