Thanks for your article on the cover of the July 13 Outdoors section, "Subsistence fishing not just for Alaska Natives." Most of the information in the article was helpful and informative, although some was dated.
The Federal Subsistence Board has halted new coho salmon subsistence fisheries on the Taku, Alsek and Stikine rivers, but a state subsistence fishery on the Alsek will continue.
The state Board of Game decided Tuesday to protect wolves on Douglas Island from hunters and trappers. But the board, in the 6-0 vote, said some of the island's wolves could be hunted or trapped if their population reaches at least seven, or if hunters' harvest of deer falls off drastically when wolves are on the island.
The National Congress of American Indians passed four resolutions in support of the Douglas Indian Association, as well as one in support of a Southeast Alaska tribal college, and a number in support of statewide Alaska Native issues.
The state is appealing a Federal Subsistence Board decision granting the community of Ninilchik a subsistence priority in the Kenai River drainage waters on federal land.
Some local Native causes were embraced by a national American Indian organization this week.
...K-12 are invited to participate in the first Subsistence Lifestyles Art Contest, sponsored by the Federal Office of Subsistence Management. The contest is designed to encourage Alaska youth to portray their subsistence lifestyles and to increase...
FAIRBANKS - After several years of poor runs, frustrated Yukon River salmon fishermen will be watching closely as a federal board that oversees subsistence fishing in Alaska meets this week to discuss management strategies.
Louie Wagner is keeping a close eye on proposed new federal regulations governing the sale of subsistence foods. If adopted, the rules would allow cash sales of subsistence harvests, within limits.
The federal government conceded recently that Alaska owns much of the lands under saltwater in the Tongass National Forest. But the state and feds are still arguing about who owns the lands under Glacier Bay and certain other Southeast waters. "You have the federal government saying they're willing to do a settlement with the state that acknowledges the state has title to a very large proportion of submerged land lying under the marine waters in Southeast Alaska," said Dave Bedford, director of the Southeast Alaska Seiners Association, of the Tongass concession.
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