Federal waters on Kuskokwim drainage to close chinook fishery except to qualified subsistence users

May 11, 2020

After June 1, only federally qualified subsistence users will be able to harvest chinook salmon on federal public waters along the Kuskokwim River drainage.

A news release from the Federal Subsistence Management Program announced May 8 that the decision was reached during teleconference meeting on May 1 of the Federal Subsistence Board.

Eligible subsistence users include residents of the drainage, and the villages of Chefornak, Kipnuk, Kwigillingok and Kongiganek.

The release says the in-season manager for the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge may implement a community harvest system for federally qualified subsistence users.

The in-season manager will also provide harvest opportunities for chinook salmon fisheries using openings, closures, and gear restrictions developed with consultation with partners.

The closer begins June 1 or when the chinook salmon run begins, whichever comes first.