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Subsistence closures planned for Quinhagak area

By Associated Press 9:32 AM June 5, 2014
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) –

An unprecedented king salmon subsistence closure by state wildlife managers is set to begin Sunday in the Quinhagak area.

The closure on the Kanektok River for the next four Sundays comes after meetings with local fishermen concerned that longer closures could lead to illegal fishing.

KYUK (http://is.gd/pYnxAD) says state and federal wildlife managers met with fishermen to discuss options for conserving kings in the area.

The lowest numbers of kings were counted there in 2012. Commercial openings for kings that were canceled in 2013 appears to have improved escapement.

Quinhagak resident Grace Hill is among locals who told managers that subsistence restrictions should be limited.

Hill is hoping to avoid the situation that occurred in 2012 when dozens of Kuskokwim River residents fished during a subsistence closure.

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Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org

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