Federal Subsistence Board Discusses But Takes No Firm Action On Middle & Upper Kuskokwim River Subsistence Concerns

At least six tribes or native organizations submitted special action requests to the Federal Subsistence Board with the hopes that the Board would ensure that a reasonable opportunity was given for people in the middle and upper Kuskokwim to harvest adequate silver salmon since many families still have not met their subsistence needs to get them through the long winter.  ADF&G had held three commercial fishing periods as the chum salmon were winding down and the silver salmon just beginning to build.  Some residents were still going after the chums while many are expecting to harvest many more silvers than they normally do to fill the void left from the unprecedented restrictions on king salmon.

Here is a Dept. of Interior press release and an AK Dispatch article discussing the Services actions on the Special Action requests:




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