Kuskokwim River Salmon Subsistence Fishery Update
June 26, 2013
This morning the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group met for discussion and approved a motion to accept ADF&G's proposal to establish the following restrictions on subsistence fishing on the Kuskokwim.
- Effective 1:00 am, Friday, June 28, 2013 until 11:00 pm, Wednesday, July 3, 2013, subsistence salmon fishing from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River to Tuluksak is restricted to the use of gillnets with 6-inch or less mesh size, not exceeding 50-fathoms in length and 45 meshes deep. Hook and line fishing for king salmon is also closed.
- Effective 1:00 am, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 until 11:00 pm, Saturday, July 6, 2013, subsistence salmon fishing from Tuluksak to Chuathbaluk is restricted to the use of gillnets with 6-inch or less mesh size, not exceeding 50-fathoms in length and 45 meshes deep. Hook and line fishing for king salmon is also closed.
- All existing Tributary Restrictions will remain. (See New Release 6 for specifics).
A visual representation of these restrictions is as follows:
The reason behind the restrictions? As stated in the ADF&G news release:
"Current data from the Bethel Test Fishery (BTF) project indicates that king salmon escapement goals will likely be met; however projections are near the lower end of the Drainagewide Sustainable Escapement Goal (65,000–120,000). BTF indicates high abundances of sockeye and chum salmon at this time. Given the uncertainty of inseason run assessment, it is warranted to restrict gillnet mesh size to 6-inch or less to conserve king salmon and provide harvest opportunity on more abundant sockeye and chum salmon. "
To give you a look at some of the BTF numbers for Chinook, Chum and Sockeye as compared to previous years:
It is important to stay up to date on these issues, and we will continue to do our best to keep you informed and provide you with the data we receive. Comments or questions can always be posted on our blog, it only takes one person to get a conservation started...and who knows what it could lead to?