I just talked to someone in Wyoming and they have 8 below zero…and here we’ve topped 40 degrees! What’s up with that? Please stay off the river because as you can see from the photos near Aniak, what ice we had is melting rapidly. The forecast shows it won’t cool down for some time – hope we don’t have another breakup like a few years ago!
This is part two of Is Science Our Salmon’s Worst Enemy? – Part 1 was posted on November 30, and referenced an article in the Alaska Journal of Commerce titled An in-river look at what has become of the Yukon kings. It’s highly recommended that you eventually read that article: http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/November-Issue-4-2013/An-in-river-look-at-what-has-become-of-the-Yukon-kings/ In Part 2 we’ll be looking specifically at the Kuskokwim and the uncertainties involved in fisheries management and political pressures, particularly pertaining to this past summer’s subsistence fishing season. Here’s a brief recap from this past season – a high proportion of fishers in the lower river were very [Read More...}
Here is a timely article concerning the downturn of Chinook salmon abundance in the Yukon River. http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/November-Issue-4-2013/An-in-river-look-at-what-has-become-of-the-Yukon-kings/ Somewhat surprisingly, this article closes with a discussion on the poor showing of the Kuskokwim kings the past two years. Some excerpts follow: While shrinking fish size is seen by fisheries biologists everywhere as a hallmark of a fish stock in peril, evidence of it in the Yukon River did not seem to overly concern the department of Fish and Game or the fisheries associations that advocate for commercial fishing interests or the lower river fishermen. As late as 2006, according to newspaper [Read More...}
Here’s a thought-provoking video about overfishing many of the world’s fish stocks…particularly those in Europe. Keep in mind that it is very general, and I’m not insinuating that what is going on in the European fisheries is occurring right here in the Kuskokwim. What I will point to is what is mentioned toward the end of the clip, and that is that hard decisions, although difficult to make and often politically charged, are necessary to avoid collapse of many large and small scale fisheries. http://videos.real.com/v/9ivs65-incredible-animation-on-overfishing
Here’s an interesting article about food security across the state…or how insecure the state tends to be. Interesting that there was no mention of subsistence and it’s role in providing food security…or a concern for food insecurity over dwindling salmon runs. Lets hope that subsistence was discussed by the commissioners and that that topic was just omitted from this article. Lets really hope that the role of subsistence is brought up in future meetings of the Alaska Food Resources Working Group. The article in its entirety can be found at http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20131104/state-department-heads-come-together-figure-out-alaska-food-security
Well, the temperature got down to -4 degrees last night and the Kuskokwim is still passing ice. The Aniak Slough is now frozen over with no visible open spots. Tonight the temperature is expected to be a little colder, so it’s likely that people will begin crossing the slough shortly…if they haven’t already. It was difficult to see tracks going all the way across because of the shadows, but tracks were visible on both banks across from each other. If anyone does attempt to cross in the near future, please use extreme caution.
The Aniak Slough just froze over yesterday over with a few open spots (still very unsafe). The Aniak River is passing minimal ice and that water is mixing with the ice laden Kuskokwim water passing on the south side of the island in front of the village. As you can see, the Kuskokwim is still passing good sized ice pans.
The BLM is currently in the public scoping period for the Bering Sea-Western Interior Resource Management Plan. This plan will provide future direction for 10.6 million acres of BLM-managed lands in western Interior Alaska. Below is the current scoping meeting schedule. Additional meetings may be added during the scoping period. Schedule of Meetings Lower Kalskag: Fri, Nov 8, 11 am Town Hall Crooked Creek: Tues, Nov 19, 1 pm, Council Office Aniak: Tues, Nov 19, 6 pm, Aniak High School Chuathbaluk: Thurs, Nov 21, 1 pm, Council Office Bethel: Wed, Nov 20, 6 pm, Yup’iit Piciryarait Cultural Center Unalakleet: Fri, Nov 22, [Read More...}