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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
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9/18/2018

The purpose of the weekly fisheries update is to provide the reader with an overall summary of the status of subsistence related fisheries throughout the state of Alaska.  The target audience is the Federal Subsistence Board and its Staff Committee.  The report was compiled with the assistance of the Federal in-season managers and OSM staff that provided weekly updated information by the close of business on Friday of the reporting week.  My goal is to have the report sent by the close of business the following Monday.  Web links have been included to provide additional information.  You may obtain additional information on a fishery of particular interest by contacting the in-season manager, provided contacts, follow the provided web links, or contact George Pappas.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
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9/18/2018

SITKA, Alaska – The Sitka District Ranger, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, is closing the Red Bluff Bay Zone to the harvest of mountain goats. The closure will be effective Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect through the rest of the 2018 season which ends December 31. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
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9/18/2018

SITKA, Alaska – The Sitka District Ranger, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, is closing the Upper Benzeman Zone to the harvest of mountain goats. The closure will be effective Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect through the rest of the 2018 season which ends December 31. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
9/18/2018

Districts Affected: Yukon Area

The 2018 the inseason total run size of fall chum salmon (based on passage at the mainstem sonar near Pilot Station plus the harvest downstream of the sonar) is estimated to be 1,300,000 fish, which is above the historical median of 816,000 fish. Overall the timing of fall chum salmon in the lower river projects was a week later than average.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
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9/14/2018

The Federal Subsistence Board is accepting applications through February 8, 2019 to fill seats on the 10 Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils (Councils). Council membership appointments are typically for 3-year terms. There are approximately 42 seats open for appointment among all Councils.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
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9/13/2018

Public is welcome and encouraged to participate

The Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils will meet late September through early-November to discuss proposals to change Federal subsistence fish and shellfish regulations for the 2019-2021 regulatory years and nonrural determination proposals, as well as other issues affecting subsistence in their regions. Regulatory proposals that will be considered by the Councils at these meetings can be found at: www.doi.gov/subsistence/proposal/current/index.cfm.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
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9/12/2018

YAKUTAT, Alaska – Yakutat District Ranger Lee Benson, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, has established the moose harvest quota for Unit 5A, except Nunatak Bench, at 30 bulls west of the Dangerous River and 30 bulls east of the Dangerous River. This quota is effective for the 2018 Federal Subsistence moose season, which is October 8 to November 15, west of the Dangerous River, and September 16 to November 15, east of the Dangerous River, or until the quota is met. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has established the same quotas in Unit 5A for the State season, effective October 15, extending through the end of the State season on November 15. The State and Federal quotas are not cumulative.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
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9/11/2018

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council will meet September 26-28, 2018 at the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) Regional Housing Authority Conference Room in Bethel. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. on September 26, and at 9:00 a.m. on September 27 and 28.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
9/11/2018

The purpose of the weekly fisheries update is to provide the reader with an overall summary of the status of subsistence related fisheries throughout the state of Alaska.  The target audience is the Federal Subsistence Board and its Staff Committee.  The report was compiled with the assistance of the Federal in-season managers and OSM staff that provided weekly updated information by the close of business on Friday of the reporting week.  My goal is to have the report sent by the close of business the following Monday.  Web links have been included to provide additional information.  You may obtain additional information on a fishery of particular interest by contacting the in-season manager, provided contacts, follow the provided web links, or contact George Pappas.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
9/10/2018

Districts Affected: Yukon Area

The 2018 the inseason total run size of fall chum salmon as of September 7 (based on passage at the mainstem sonar near Pilot Station plus the harvest downstream of the sonar) is estimated to be 1,300,000 fish, which is above the historical median of 816,000 fish.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
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9/10/2018

Districts Affected: Lower Yukon Area

District 2 Commercial Fishing:

Commercial fishing will be open for one period in District 2, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, September 10. This will be a 6-hour commercial fishing period with gillnets restricted to 6-inch or smaller mesh size. Commercial fishermen need to confirm their buyer prior to fishing. A reminder to fishermen that the Andreafsky River is closed to commercial fishing.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
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9/10/2018

Districts Affected: Lower Yukon Area

District 1 Commercial Fishing:

Commercial fishing will open for two 9-hour periods in the Set Net Only Area of District 1 with 6-inch or smaller mesh gillnets:

Period 19: Sunday, September 9 from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m.

Period 20: Monday, September 10 from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
9/10/2018

Districts Affected: Lower Yukon Area

The current cumulative passage of 134,100 coho salmon past the mainstem sonar as of September 6 is below the median of 160,300 fish; the projected total run size of 261,000 fish is above the median run size of 199,500 fish.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
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9/10/2018

Districts Affected: Lower Yukon Area

The 2018 coho salmon are late in entering the Yukon River. Although the current cumulative passage of 129,200 coho salmon at the mainstem sonar as of September 4 is below the median of 152,700 fish, the projected total run size of 270,300 fish is above the median run size of 209,000 fish.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
9/5/2018

The purpose of the weekly fisheries update is to provide the reader with an overall summary of the status of subsistence related fisheries throughout the state of Alaska.  The target audience is the Federal Subsistence Board and its Staff Committee.  The report was compiled with the assistance of the Federal in-season managers and OSM staff that provided weekly updated information by the close of business on Friday of the reporting week.  My goal is to have the report sent by the close of business the following Monday.  Web links have been included to provide additional information.  You may obtain additional information on a fishery of particular interest by contacting the in-season manager, provided contacts, follow the provided web links, or contact George Pappas.

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