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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
7/7/2016
Vernon Born

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will take over management of the salmon subsistence fisheries on Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River. This shift in regulatory authority is being made as the salmon fisheries transition from Chinook to chum and sockeye salmon in the Kuskokwim River. The subsistence salmon fishery will be managed by the State of Alaska through their Emergency Orders. All previously issued Special Actions are now rescinded. This action follows the conservation strategy discussed with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Kuskokwim River Inter-tribal Fish Commission.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
6/29/2016
Vernon “Ray” Born

In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (KRITFC) and the State of Alaska, the Federal In-season Manager has opened a portion of Federal public waters of the main-stem Kuskokwim River to the harvest of Chinook and chum salmon by Federally qualified subsistence users for 72 hours, effective 12:01 p.m. (noon) on June 29, 2016 to 11:59 a.m. (noon) on July 2, 2016. This 72-hour opportunity will occur on Federal public waters from the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge boundary at the Kuskokwim River mouth and upstream to the line downstream of Kalskag at the south edge of Uknavik Slough and then due east to the edge of the bluff line. Federal public waters upstream of the Kalskag line remain open to the harvest of Chinook and chum salmon by Federally qualified subsistence users via Special Action 3-KS-05-16, issued on June 20, 2016. Federally qualified subsistence users include residents of the Kuskokwim River drainage and the villages of Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok, and Kongiganek

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
6/29/2016

EXPLANATION:

 

This emergency special action opens a 72-hour opportunity for Federally qualified  subsistence  users to harvest  Chinook and Chum salmon on Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim  River    and tributaries, except those tributaries previously closed including the Eek, Kwethluk, Kasigluk , Kisaralik,  Tuluksak,  and Aniak  Rivers  (3-KS-03-16).   During this opportunity,  Federally qualified  subsistence users may fish from  12:0lp.m.  (noon) June 29, 2016, until  11:59 a.m.   (noon) July 2, 2016 using set and drift gillnets with 6-inch or less stretched mesh and not  exceeding 45 meshes in depth.  From the Yukon Delta National  Wildlife Refuge (Refuge)   boundary at Kuskokwim River mouth upstream to Johnson River mouth, nets must be no longer  than 300 feet (50 fathoms) in length.  From Johnson  River mouth upstream  to a line downstream  of Kalskag at the south edge of Uknavik  slough and then due east to the edge of the bluff line,     nets must be no longer than  150 feet (25 fathoms)  in  length.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
6/21/2016
Vernon “Ray” Born

In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (KRITFC) and the State of Alaska, the Federal In-season Manager has opened Federal public waters on the portion of the main-stem Kuskokwim River upstream of the Kalskag line to the harvest of Chinook and

Chum salmon by Federally qualified subsistence users, effective 12:01 p.m. (noon) on June 21, 2016 until superseded by Federal special action. Federally qualified subsistence users include residents of the Kuskokwim River drainage and the villages of Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok, and Kongiganek.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
6/21/2016
Vernon “Ray” Born

In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (KRITFC) and the State of Alaska, the Federal In-season Manager has opened Federal public waters of the main-stem Kuskokwim River within the refuge boundary to the harvest of Chinook and Chum salmon by Federally qualified subsistence users for 72 hours, effective 12:01 p.m. (noon) on June 21, 2016 to 11:59 a.m. (noon) on June 24, 2016. Federally qualified subsistence users include residents of the Kuskokwim River drainage and the villages of Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok, and Kongiganek.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
6/21/2016
Vernon “Ray” Born

In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (KRITFC) and the State of Alaska, the Federal In-season Manager has opened Federal public waters of the main-stem Kuskokwim River within the refuge boundary to the harvest of Chinook and Chum salmon by Federally qualified subsistence users for 72 hours, effective 12:01 p.m. (noon) on June 21, 2016 to 11:59 a.m. (noon) on June 24, 2016. Federally qualified subsistence users include residents of the Kuskokwim River drainage and the villages of Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok, and Kongiganek.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Salmon drying on a fishrack
6/15/2016
Ray Born

In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (KRITFC) and the State of Alaska, the Federal In-season Manager will open Federal public waters of the main-stem Kuskokwim River within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge boundary to the harvest of Chinook and chum salmon by Federally qualified subsistence users for 24 hours, effective 12:01 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, June 16, 2016 to 11:59 a.m. (noon) on Friday, June 17, 2016. During this period all fish caught with legal gear as identified in the federal subsistence regulations and gill net restrictions below may be retained.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
6/13/2016
Vernon “Ray” Born

In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (KRITFC) and the State of Alaska, the Federal In-season Manager has closed the salmon spawning tributaries of Federal public waters, within the Refuge boundary to gill net fishing. The salmon spawning tributaries include the Eek, Kwethluk, Kasigluk, Kisaralik, Tuluksak, and Aniak rivers and their salmon tributaries. The closure is in effect from June 12, 2016 at 12:01 p.m. (noon) until August 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (noon) unless superseded by another federal special action.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
6/13/2016
Vernon “Ray” Born

In consultation with the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (KRITFC) and the State of Alaska, the Federal In-season Manager has opened Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River main-stem within the refuge boundary, to the harvest of Chinook and chum salmon, by Federally qualified subsistence users for 12 hours effective June 12, 2016 from 12:01 p.m. (noon) until 11:59 p.m. (midnight).

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of Subsistence Management, Subsistence, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image
6/2/2016
Ray Born

Closure of Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River to the harvest of Chinook and Chum salmon by Federally qualified subsistence users.