Only qualified subsistence users will be able to harvest from the Kuskokwim River.
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Only qualified subsistence users will be able to harvest chum and king salmon from the Kuskokwim River.
KYUK-AM reports that the Federal Subsistence Board has closed federal waters from Aniak to the mouth of the Kuskokwim to all gillnets under a state action, effective June 1.
The main stem of the Kuskokwim is already closed to all gillnets, so the additional restrictions mean only federally qualified users will be able to harvest chum and salmon once harvest season opens.
After king and chum salmon make it to their spawning grounds, YK Delta Wildlife Refuge Manager Ray Born says federal managers will likely issue an opening.