A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
SPECIAL ACTION SUBSISTENCE FISHING Under Authority of 50 CFR Part 100.10 and .19 36 CFR Part 242.10 and .19
Special Action No.: 3-KS-01-14 Issued at: Bethel, Alaska May 16,2014 Effective Date: May 20, 2014 12:01 a.m. Expiration Date: July 18,2014 11:59 p.m. unless superseded by subsequent Special Action
EXPLANATION: Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River win be closed to fishing for king salmon to non-Federal qualified users to provide for escapement.
REGULATION 50 CFR 100.27(e)(4)(ii) is amended to add: Federal public waters in that portion of the Kuskokwim River drainage that are within and adjacent to the exterior boundaries of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge are closed to the harvest of Chinook salmon except by the residents of the Kuskokwim River drainage and the villages of Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok and Kongiganek. Based on observed run strength, and in consideration of conservation concerns and escapement goals, the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager may open porti01lS of the drainage to the take of Chinook salmon.
JUSTIFICATION Biological Since 2010, the Kuskokwim River has suffered from poor king salmon returns. 2013 was the lowest return on record. The 2014 State of Alaska king salmon forecast is for a return of 94,000 Chinook (range of 71,000-117,000). The drainage-wide escapement goal is 65,000-1 20,000. If 1101 E Tudor Road, MS 121 Anchorage, Alaska 99503 (907) 786-3888/(800) 478-1456 Fax (907) 786-3898 the 2014 return is within the forecast, then there win be enough fish to meet escapement goals and perhaps provide for a very limited king salmon subsistence harvest. The majority of tributary escapement goals on rivers within the Kuskokwim drainage were not met in 2013 and an weir assessment projects had the lowest Chinook counts on record. Given consecutive years of low king salmon returns and a forecast that indicates a return barely adequate to meet escapement needs, it win be necessary to impose strict conservation measures .. In addition to the anticipated closure to Chinook harvest for non-subsistence users on Federal public lands, severe chinook harvest restrictions to subsistence users are expected to be in place for the 2014 season with little harvestable surplus available.