Letter to Georgetown membersDecember 9, 2014
|Miracle Drummers and Dancers of Wasilla|
|Senator Lisa Murkowski addresses the audience at the 20th Annual ATCEM|
|Important Dates for FY16 GAP Applications|
|Oxcenia takes notes during audience discussion|
|Desirae talks about the new website that will be launched soon!|
|Coastal Community of Kivalina, with a defensive wall built to protect them from coastal erosion |
Photo by Millie Hawley
|Photo taken from Donlin Gold LLC Right of Way Lease Application, found here|
Limited people were at the meeting from communities in the region that would be most affected by this project moving forward, but those that were there voiced concerns.
For more information on Donlin Gold's application, please visit the SPCO website
Water Quality Report
|Georgetown members fill out environmental assessment at the GTC 2014 Annual Meeting|
|Don Kuhle and Taylor Brelsford present information to about twenty Georgetown members on the Donlin Gold EIS at the Georgetown Annual meeting on July 19th, 2014|
Sheefish are a culturally significant fish species along the Kuskokwim River; they are harvested for subsistence use by many, especially in the middle and upper river. Sheefish are often caught before salmon in the spring, and offer an opportunity for fresh fish early in the season. In recent years, king salmon have been in decline and there has been an even greater shift in harvest patterns away from king salmon and more toward whitefish and other salmon species. Sheefish spawning grounds have very specific needs and occur in small numbers on the Kuskokwim River, as has been documented over the last five years by Lisa Stuby. Because of this, the habitat in and around the existing spawning grounds needs to be protected, to allow for future productivity of the species. For all of these reasons, the GTC members and the GTC environmental committee felt that the areas of sheefish spawning on the Kuskokwim would fit the criteria for relevance and importance, which are necessary to be considered as an ACEC by the BLM, and decided to go forth with the nomination process. The first part of this process was to conduct research on the topic, the area, and to gather necessary materials for the nomination.
|The Upper Boundary line of the Yukon Delta National Refuge in Aniak: Below which is being federally managed (sections 1,2,3) and above which is being state managed (sections 4 & 5)|
From the Refuge boundary line in Aniak up to the headwaters:
subsistence fishing for non-salmon species with gillnets is restricted to gillnets with 4-inch or less mesh size not exceeding 60-feet in length and 45 meshes in depth. Gillnets are NOT restricted to set gillnets in this area. Chinook salmon incidentally caught in gillnets may be retained. Fish wheels are not allowed at this time.
I am hoping that at the next call/meeting, in season managers will have a little bit more information on these numbers, and what it means for escapement. In the meantime, we'll keep our fingers crossed that all of the effort being put forth by managers and users alike to protect this great resource will prove to be successful.
Protecting the King Salmon on the Kuskokwim with Fishing Restrictions
|Area divisions on the Kuskokwim River. All sections are accurate except for Section 3, which has been modified by bright red line (located at refuge boundary - at the confluence of the Kuskokwim and Aniak rivers)|
There has been a lot of information given out from various sources and in various formats regarding subsistence fishing restrictions on the Kuskokwim. A lot of confusion remains. Here it is in simple terms: The river has been divided into sections (see map above for definition of those areas). Restrictions are being implemented on a rolling closure basis - meaning they start lower in the river and move up river as time goes on with the intention being to move up river along with the king salmon run, providing them with as much protection as possible..
So here are the areas of the river, the expected date of closure and what gear restrictions will be in place ( Purple text is federally managed water, Green text is state managed water)
|Consider Harvest of other species: pictured here, Georgetown member's canned red salmon|
|Urban and rural subsistence and personal use fishers using dip nets, bringing out their annual harvest here on the Copper River, photo taken from http://progressivealaska.blogspot.com|
Following this request, there is a series of events that must happen and is currently taking place:
So far, the following steps have been taken: