At their latest work session in Anchorage the Alaska Board of Fish (BOF) has submitted Proposal 222 for discussion at the upcoming BOF meeting January 16th in Fairbanks. The proposal would create a permit system for regulating king salmon subsistence harvest during times of low abundance.
From their News Release:
“IN THE KUSKOKWIM RIVER SUBSISTENCE SALMON FISHERY: Consider establishing a permit system for regulating the king salmon subsistence fishery (newly assigned Proposal 222 which was a board generated proposal created at the 2015 Work Session, October 2015). “ The specific language of RC 027 (Proposal 222) is attached below.
The BOF has been working over the last year to address how to fairly distribute king salmon harvest up and down the Kuskokwim during time of low abundance. The BOF created the Kuskokwim Subsistence Salmon Panel (panel) to meet with Kuskokwim communities and stakeholders to obtain feedback on Kuskokwim River subsistence related proposals, and Kuskokwim River king salmon subsistence fishing. The panel met twice in Bethel over the last year. The panel observations and recommendations were reported to the board at its October 2015 work session. Based on this input, the board generated Proposal 222 for consideration at the A-Y-K meeting in January 2016.For a copy of the proposed regulation changes contact the ADF&G, Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526, (907) 465-4110, or visit: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main.
There is no question how significantly this could change the way people subsistence fish for king salmon here on the Kuskokwim. Representatives from the Native Village of Napaimute will be providing written comments on Proposal 222, and attending the BOF in January. We strongly encourage other Stakeholder to do the same. If you wish to comment on the proposed regulation changes submit your written comments limited to no more than 100 single-sided or 50 double-sided pages to the ADF&G, Boards Support Section, at P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526. Additionally, the Boards Support Section will accept comments by facsimile at (907) 465-6094, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (PDF format only), or online at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main.
Comments are due no later than two weeks prior to the meeting during which the topics are considered. Written comments limited to 10 single-sided or 5 double-sided pages in length from any one individual or group are accepted after the two-week deadline and inserted in board member workbooks at the beginning of the meeting, and accepted until the board begins proposal deliberations.
Additionally, there are 14 other proposals before the BOF on Kuskokwim Area salmon management that could make significant changes to subsistence fisheries, brief descriptions are attached below.