I have two concerns regarding my subsistence fishing and moose hunting.
First of all, the fish collapse in the Yukon River and partially in the Kuskokwim River where restricted fishing is being forced by your office.
Many of years, the subsistence people near the rivers mentioned the trawlers intercepting salmon bound to the rivers, but no or little action was taken from your office; the the fishing collapse nightmare became a reality.
Of all the authority within the Fish & Game, I would think your office would be very vocal against the trawlers since they are intercepting salmon bound to the rivers.
Then they are fishing lodges adjacent to the Aniak, Holitna, and Ho-Holitna Rivers and probably other rivers that are intercepting salmon in their spawning grounds.
The subsistence users are in the middle of this crisis, affected in getting their traditional foods. The State Fish & Game have a bias management.
As for moose hunting: wolves and brown bear increase are very concerning to the subsistence users. One bad winter of lot of snow, mixed with rain, then freezes, the wolf packs could have a field day with the calves of tomorrow’s population. Another different collapse could happen.
The wolf lovers are howling, “Don’t shoot the wolves, don’t shoot the wolves.” Their echo seems to be heard from the Fish & Game where no further action is taken. Fish & Game have a bias management.
Start focusing to decrease the number of wolves and brown bears.
Alaska Salmon Research Task Force
The Alaska Salmon Research Task Force was created by an act of Congress in response to recent unprecedented shifts in Pacific salmon abundance in Alaska.
The purpose of the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force is to compile science and Traditional Knowledge, to identify what is known about salmon in Alaska, data gaps, and needed research. This information will be used to develop a coordinated salmon research strategy for sustainable salmon management in Alaska. We greatly value your input in the development of this strategy.
Task Force meetings are open to the public. Time has been reserved at the end of each bi-monthly Task Force meeting for public comment. In addition, the Task Force will be holding a 2-day public meeting on November 14-15, 2023 from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm (Alaska Time) in Anchorage. Public comment will be accepted from 1:00-4:30 pm (Alaska Time) on both days. Participants will have the option to join in person, virtually or via conference call.
If you would like to provide written comment(s) to inform the Task Force discussions and the development of its coordinated salmon research strategy, please provide information via this feedback form. The deadline for submitting input is March 15, 2024.
Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Take your generators outside
This week is national Fire Prevention Week. The Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association (PGMA), is a trade association focusing on safety and standards for portable generators, and we enthusiastically support the mission of Fire Prevention Week.
Most fire deaths are NOT caused by burns, but by smoke inhalation and the resulting buildup of carbon monoxide (CO) in the bloodstream. CO is also a byproduct of portable generators, which is why PGMA’s year-round Take It Outside campaign reminds the public that the only safe place to operate a portable generator is outside, far away from dwellings, garages, and other buildings.
In addition to the risk of CO exposure, when positioned near or in personal dwellings, fuel leaks can also cause fires. Unfortunately, consumers are facing a new threat in this regard. Proposed rulemaking on emissions-related safety standards put forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) would create unintended fire hazards. Testing concludes that the CPSC’s rule changes could force portable generators’ exhaust temperatures over 1000°F — extreme temperatures that would prompt house fires and threaten owners’ safety. PGMA strongly opposes such measures.
From recreational use to emergency use, portable generators, when used incorrectly, can result in dangerous CO exposure or cause fires. For this reason, we urge you to consider how vital it is for owners to develop a plan BEFORE they use their portable generator.
According to PGMA, the only safe place to use a portable generator is outside and far from any occupied dwelling. This requires planning for the distance and having the right amount of extension cords to bring power to a dwelling space.