The Federal Subsistence Board (Board) met April 15-18, 2014 in Anchorage to consider 55 proposed changes to the Federal subsistence hunting and trapping regulations, recommend changes to the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture on the Rural Determination process, and consider fisheries special actions affecting the Kuskokwim River. The Board also conducted Tribal and Alaska Native Corporation consultations on the wildlife regulatory proposals, the Rural Determination process, and the special actions.
• Permit requirements for caribou in Units 9A, 9B, 9C, 17A, 17B, 17C, 18, 19A, and 19B.
• Subarea RG245 in Unit 6D was opened to the harvest of mountain goats by Federally qualified subsistence users
• The harvest limits were increased, the season dates extended, and the boundaries of the areas for the harvest of moose were modified in Unit 18.
• The Red Sheep and Cane Creek drainages remained closed to non-Federally qualified subsistence hunters during the Aug 10-Sept. 20 sheep season in the Arctic Village Sheep Management Area of Unit 25.
• Changes were made to the harvest limits, season dates, number of permits issued in Units 22D and 22B to protect the continued viability of the muskox population and the continued subsistence uses of muskox. In addition an 804 analysis conducted under Section 804 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), which establishes a priority among Federally qualified subsistence users, was adopted by the Board.
• The harvest quota for moose by residents in Units 26C and 26B remainder was increased from 3 to 5.
• Residents of Units 20E, 25B, 25C, and 25D were added to the customary and traditional use determination for sheep.
The Federal subsistence hunting and trapping regulations, effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016, will be available statewide by mid-June. The regulations also will be posted on the Federal Subsistence Management Program website, http://www.doi.gov/subsistence/index.cfm
• The Board approved the special action request to allow the use of dip nets to take salmon in the Kuskokwim River drainage, with the provision that all Chinook salmon caught be released immediately.
• The Board adopted the special action to close the Federal public waters that are within and adjacent to the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge to the harvest of Chinook salmon except by the residents of the Kuksokwim drainage and the villages of Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok, and Kongiganek.
• Additionally, the Board delegated the authority to the in-season manager the authority to determine when the 60-day emergency special actions would start.
Additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program's website http://www.doi.gov/subsistence/index.cfm