The state has issued a series of subsistence fishing restrictions that will take effect beginning this weekend, according to a report by KYUK. The measures are meant to conserve the soon-to-arrive king salmon.

Starting Saturday, May 20, the Kuskokwim River will close to gillnets in the bottom portion of the river. The restriction will move upstream every five days until it reaches the headwaters.

Also beginning Saturday, a series of river drainages will close to both subsistence fishing and gillnets. The waterways include the Kwethluk, Kasigluk, Kisaralik, Tuluksak, and Aniak.

Subsistence fishing with fish wheels, dip nets, and beach seines remains open. However, all king salmon must be returned alive to the water.

Subsistence fishing with hook and line for kings has closed.