Federal Subsistence Board News

Federal Subsistence Board to hold teleconference on Temporary Special Action WSA18-03 (Unit 22D remainder winter moose season) and results of the 2018 Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program Review

11/02/2018

The Federal Subsistence Board (Board) will hold a teleconference on November 6, 2018 beginning at 1:00 p.m. to take action on Temporary Wildlife Special Action Request WSA18-03. Temporary Special Action Request WSA18-03, submitted by the Bureau of Land Management, requests the closure of the December 1 – 31 antlerless moose season in Unit 22D remainder.

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Federal goat hunting season to close in a portion of Unit 5A

11/02/2018

YAKUTAT, Alaska – Yakutat District Ranger Lee Benson, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, is closing the 2018 federal subsistence mountain goat hunting season for a portion of Unit 5A. The closed area begins on the west shore of Harlequin Lake and the western edge of Yakutat Glacier; then west of Harlequin Lake and Yakutat Glacier to Yakutat Bay and Disenchantment Bay; and south of Russell and Nunatak Fjords. The closure will be effective Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 11:59 p.m., and will remain in effect until through December 31, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has previously established a closure for the same area (Emergency Order 01-02-18).Hunters are reminded that the Nunatak Bench area remains closed to mountain goat hunting.

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Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2020 Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program

10/31/2018

The Office of Subsistence Management (OSM) is currently seeking proposals for the 2020 Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program (Partners Program). OSM is seeking proposals for the Partners Program that strengthen Alaska Native and rural involvement in Federal subsistence management. The Partners Program is a competitive grant directed at providing funding for biologists, social scientists and outreach/educator positions in Alaska Native and rural nonprofit organizations with the intent of increasing participation in Federal subsistence fisheries management. In addition, the program supports a variety of opportunities for local rural students to connect with subsistence resource monitoring and management through science camps and paid internships.

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Clarence Kramer Zone on Baranof Island in Unit 4 closing to the harvest of mountain goats

10/31/2018

SITKA, Alaska – The Sitka District Ranger, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, is closing the Clarence Kramer Zone to the harvest of mountain goats. The closure will be effective Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect through the rest of the 2018 season, which ends December 31, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has issued a concurrent closure in the same zone. Further mountain goat harvest in this zone could have a long term negative effect on the conservation of this mountain goat subpopulation. The remainder of Baranof Island is open to goat hunting until the season closes, unless closed by special action.

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Plans Announced for Winter Federal Subsistence Moose Hunt in a Portion of Unit 11

10/31/2018

Copper Center, AK – Plans for a winter federal subsistence hunt for moose in a portion of Unit 11 were announced on October 24 by Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Superintendent Ben Bobowski, the designated federal manager for the hunt. The Federal Subsistence Board established this hunt at its April 2014 meeting and extended the season dates at its April 2018 meeting. For the 2018 hunt, the harvest quota is 7 bull moose. The hunt will open on November 20 and close on January 20 or earlier if the quota has been reached. Hunters are asked to report back within three days of harvesting an animal or at the end of the season if unsuccessful. For recorded information about the status of the hunt, hunters can call 822-7203.

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Reminder – comment period on Proposed Rule for Cook Inlet Area subsistence fishing regulations open through October 31

10/19/2018

The Federal Subsistence Board (Board) is accepting public comments on the proposed rule for Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska—Cook Inlet Area Regulations, which published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2018 (83 FR 49322). This proposed rule would revise the regulations for seasons, harvest limits, and methods and means for the subsistence taking of fish in the Cook Inlet Area of Alaska. This action would also reorganize specific regulations addressing the Kenai River, which would provide clarity for the public, and allow the Federal Subsistence Board to correct regulatory conflicts that have arisen based on recent rulemaking.

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