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

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.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife has announced an opening for chinook and chum salmon for federally qualified subsistence users beginning at noon Tuesday June 21.


Update: This story has been updated with information about ADFG's opening.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a 24-hour opening on the main channel of the Kuskokwim River for chinook and chum salmon by federally qualified subsistence users.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Managers scheduled openings for subsistence fishing in the Kuskokwim, the first scheduled targeted king salmon opener this year. Please note that different sections of the river may be under different schedules.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

Fish managers on the Kuskokwim are indicating there could be a subsistence salmon fishing opener as early this Sunday, but they’re waiting to make an official announcement.

The comment was made by US Fish and Wildlife Refuge Manager Ray Born during a KYUK call in show.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

As a result of returning numbers, managers say subsistence fishermen in the Kuskokwim Bay around Quinhagak and Goodnews are now able to fish for king salmon UNRESTRICTED.

State managers say two out of three river areas in the Kuskokwim Bay met their escapement goals for king salmon last year, surveyor’s counted more kings than in previous years.

Kuskokwim River Salmon Managment Working Group has recommended further openers for subsistence fishing starting as early as June 12th. KYUK's Adrian Wagner sat down with the Area Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Aaron Potter, and talked through that proposal. 

US Fish & Wildlife Services

Kuskokwim chum and king salmon fishing is closed to federally qualified subsistence users until further notice.

On June 3, the US Fish and Wildlife YK Delta Refuge Manager Ray Born, closed the Kuskokwim to federally qualified subsistence users, those villages along the Kuskokwim including Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok, and Kongiginak.

US Fish & Wildlife Services

The Federal Subsistence Board has restricted non-subsistence users from harvesting chum and king salmon this summer as the Kuskokwim is closed to all gillnets under a State action.

The special restriction went into effect June 1 in federal waters from Aniak to the mouth of the Kuskokwim.