Hunting & Fishing

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

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.

Work, Fish, Hope: The Fishermen's Song

Jul 25, 2016
Adrian Wagner

In the wake of a decision by Coastal Villages Region Fund to close it’s commercial fisheries program this year, fishermen in communities across the region are crying out for help: help from the state, help from CVRF, help from just about anyone. A few men and women from Quinhagak, one of the most affected villages where many of the working adults are commercial fishermen, gathered Friday night to sing a kind of sad song—the fishermen’s song. 

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.