The information below is provided by Federal Subsistence Board from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

There will be a public hearing for Fisheries Special Action Request (FSA18-03) submitted by the Aniak Native Community scheduled on April 19, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm.

Hearing Information:
Purpose:
To receive testimony on a temporary special action request received by the Federal Subsistence Board (Board). The Temporary Special Action Request FSA18-03 requests the following:

• Close Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River drainage to the harvest of Chinook Salmon except by Federally qualified subsistence users possessing a community harvest permit between May 20, 2018 and July 1, 2018,

• Reduce the pool of eligible harvesters based on the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) Section 804 Subsistence User Prioritization that was implemented in 2017, and

• Establish a harvest allocation of Chinook Salmon similar to what was implemented in 2015.

Location/Details:
In Person:
Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center
420 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway
Bethel, AK

Via Telephone:
Teleconference: Toll Free: (888)-455-5897
Passcode: 3344290

If you have an opinion or testimony to contribute, please attend either in person or by calling in with the number provided. When prompted, enter the passcode. Comments will be forwarded to the Board for consideration on the temporary special action request. For more information, go to https://www.doi.gov/subsistence/fisheries-special-actions.

Let your voice be heard and consider attending in person or listen in on the phone. As we approach the start of salmon season, there has been a lot of communication and work done by the communities along the Kuskokwim, the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to create a successful and cohesive management plan for this upcoming season. This is another opportunity to express concerns or learn more about the upcoming season.

If you are interested in learning about the motions of support passed by the Kuskokwim Working Group for this season, check out the latest edition of our E-Newsletter to find out more information.

Let us know if there is any other information you want to know in preparation for the upcoming season. We work to keep you updated on what is happening along the Kuskokwim. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at meredith.witte@georgetowntc.com or at 907.274.2195.

M Witte 04.18.2018

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