Kuskokwim River Advisory Groups Weigh – In On Board of Fish Proposals – Revision #2 with Central Kuskokwim AC (CKAC) Updates

Over the last few weeks three state sponsored fisheries Advisory Groups; the Lower Kuskokwim Advisory Committee (LKAC), Bethel Advisory Committee (BAC), and the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group (KRSMWG) have been reviewing and developing recommendation on Kuskokwim fisheries proposal for consideration by the Alaska Board of Fish (BOF) at their January 12th meeting in Fairbanks. These proposals if adopted will have a significant impact on how fisheries are managed on the Kuskokwim in the coming years. I have briefly summarized the positions of each Advisory Group and ADF&G Staff preliminary positions on key proposal in the table below. This summary is based on my personal notes from each meeting; I apologize in advance for any discrepancy.

Table 1. Summary of Advisory Groups position on BOF proposals.

92 ND* Support Support Support Opposed
93 ND* Tabled Support Support Opposed
94 ND* Tabled Support Support Opposed
95 Opposed*** Opposed Opposed Tabled Neutral
96 ND* Opposed Support Support Opposed
97 Opposed*** Tabled Support Support Neutral, support in concept
222 Opposed*** ND* Support with modifications Support with modifications Neutral, support in concept

* ND = Not Discussed or Information not available, will be updated once it becomes available. ** Preliminary remarks by ADF&G, final position will be made available prior to BOF meeting. *** Information from KYUK website.

Summary of key fisheries proposals, to see full proposals visit: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main

92 – Modify the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Plan to manage the king salmon subsistence fishery based on the Bethel Test Fishery.

93 – Modify the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Plan to establish an inriver run goal of king salmon above the Bethel Test Fishery.

94 – Establish an inriver run goal for the Kusk okwim River Salmon Management Plan.

95 – Create a Tier II subsistence king salmon fishery in the Kuskokwim River.

96 – Separate the amounts necessary for subsistence use of king salmon into three parts on the Kuskokwim River.

97 – Create a permitting system for king salmon subsistence fishing in the Kuskokwim River.

222 – Establish a permit system for regulating the king salmon subsistence fishery during times of low king salmon runs.

Two additional meetings evaluating the proposal will be held by the Central Kuskokwim AC on December 8-9th at the Joe Parent Voc. Ed. Bld. In Aniak starting around 11:00 Am, teleconference: 1-866-299-3188, passcode 9072711272;  and by the Stony Holitna AC on December 16th, 11:00 Am via teleconference: 1-800-504-8071, pass code 5432709.  We are again encouraging the public to participate in these important discussions.

I will be posting further comments and a more detailed information as it becomes available in time for people to provide their comments directly to the BOF prior to the December 28th deadline.

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