Wednesday, June 17, 2015

One door closes, another opens...

In this case the doors are acutally sections of the Kuksokwim and we don't know if either will remain open or closed, but here are some updates.

Fishing remains closed to all non-federally qualified users.
Chinook fishing is still closed to all user groups. 

NEW>> Mouth of the river upstream to Tuluksak:
There was scheduled to be an opening from Thursday, June 18 – Sunday, June 21, with the previously posted 4inch net restrictions. Due to low numbers at Bethel Test Fisheries and with the support of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, that opportunity to fish has been closed.  In short, all gill net fishing from Tuluksak down is prohibeted until further notice. Those designated fishermen with Federal Community Harvest Permits may continue to fish during the closure, but this is the only exception. Fishing for species other than Chinook with legal gear is allowed, but any king salmon caught should be returned, live, to the water.

Tuluksak up to the boundary at Aniak:
The limited opportunity with restricted gear will remain open for this section of the river. As posted before that limited opening is:
·         6 a.m. Thursday June 18 until 6 a.m. Sunday June 21

Aniak to the Holitna:
The limited openings with restricted gear are still a go at this time.
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 18 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 21;
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 25 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 28.

Holitna up to the Headwaters
The limited openings with restricted gear are still a go at this time.
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 18 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 21;
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 25 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 28;
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 2 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, July 


NEW>> Elder Fishery Announced.
The ADF&G has announced that there will a subsistence salmon fishing opportunity for Elders from the Boundary at Aniak up to the Headwaters.  This Elder Fishery was supported by both the Working Group (KRSMWG) and the Commission (KRITFC) and is an effort to provide a more feasible opportunity for limited fishing to the upriver villages that are located above the Yukon Delta NWR boundary at Aniak. Here are the details of the limited opening:

Saturday, June 20 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
6-inch or less mesh gillnets, 45 meshes deep, and not to exceed 10 fathoms in length *
Alaska residents 60 years of age or older,
An Alaska resident 60 years of age or older must be present while fishing activities are being conducted but may be assisted by family members within the second degree of kindred.
"Second degree of kindred" means a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, spouse, grandparent, grandchild, brother- or sister-in-law, son- or daughter-in-law, father- or mother-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepsister, stepbrother, stepson, or stepdaughter (5 AAC 92.990).
There are no restriction on how the net can be used for the Elder Fishery. Nets can be set as well as used to drift for this purpose only.

*  A gillnet longer than 10 fathoms may be used as long as only 10 fathoms is in a fishable condition and the remainder of the gillnet is either tied up or secured so that it is not in the water in a fishing condition.



Subsistence fishing restriction and regulations with Hook & Line, Dip Nets, and Fish Wheels remain the same.


And please remember we are in Conservation Mode and any Chinook accidentally caught should be returned live to the water. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

To fish or not to fish? Current Restrictions on the Kuskokwim

>>  From the mouth of the Holitna up to the Headwaters
Right now fishing on the part of the river is unrestricted but the following restrictions will go into effect Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 6:00am Fishing will be restricted to the use of set gillnets 4 inch or less, no longer than 60 feet and 45 meshes deep, no part of which may be operated more than 100 feet from the ordinary high water mark during the following dates and times:

·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 11 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 14;
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 18 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 21;
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 25 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 28;
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 2 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, July 5.

Subsistence fishing with
Hook and line: will close at 6:00am Thursday, June 11, 2015.
Dip nets: will be allowed from June 11 at 6:00am until further notice.
Fish wheels: will be allowed from June 11 at 6:00am until further notice, with a live box with no less than 45 cubic feet of water, and must be checked at least every 6 hours. Fish wheels may also be used with a chute and must be closely attended while in operation.
*Any Chinook caught must be returned, live to the water.

Subsistence fishing for chum and sockeye with gillnets restricted to 6 inch mesh or less will be announced later. 

>>From the boundary at Aniak up river to the mouth of the Holitna
All the previous restrictions went into effect on June 4 and the opportunities to fish with the restricted gear mentioned above are as follows:

·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 4 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 7;
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 11 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 14;
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 18 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 21;
·         6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 25 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 28.


>>From the Mouth of the Kuskokwim up to the boundary at Aniak, and Salmon Tributaries:
 Effective June 7, 2015: All fishing is restricted to federally qualified users.
Effective 6:01 a.m., Sunday, June 7, 2015, all gillnets are prohibited on the Kwethluk, Kasigluk, Kisaralik, Tuluksak and Aniak rivers and their Salmon tributaries.

Subsistence fishing on the Kuskokwim and Eek Rivers is restricted to the gillnets described above and is limited to the following openings:

·         6 a.m. Thursday June 4 until 6 a.m. Sunday June 7
·         6 a.m. Thursday June 11 until 6 a.m. Sunday June 14
·         6 a.m. Thursday June 18 until 6 a.m. Sunday June 21



PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE IN CONSERVATION MODE AND EVERY CHINOOK THAT MAKES IT TO THE SPAWNING GROUNDS HELPS TO SUSTAIN KING SALMON FOR OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS

ALSO NOTE IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE A GILLNET IT NEEDS TO BE SET THERE IS *NO DRIFTING* AND ALL GILLNETS NEED TO BE OUT OF THE WATER BY 6:01AM SUNDAY.

There is a lot of information here and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at Georgetown Tribal Council and we will do our best to get you answers.