Tag Archives: Buskin River

Subsistence fishing for Buskin coho reopened

The Buskin River weir is set up during the summer to count mainly pinks, cohos and sockeyes. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT) Subsistence fishing for Buskin River coho salmon will reopen at 12:01 am on Thursday, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Federal Subsistence Board. According to Alaska Department of Fish & Game Area Management Biologist James Jackson, both the …

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Low water levels in the Buskin could be giving salmon a tough time

Like many places in Alaska, Kodiak is experiencing drought symptoms this summer, and with it lower water levels in many of the island’s rivers and streams. Graham Briley cleans the Buskin weir every morning, including pushing dead and spawned out fish downstream. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT) It’s 7:30 a.m. on a Monday morning and Graham Briley is cranking open the …

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The Sun’aq Tribe researches the state of the Buskin River estuary

Kelly Krueger and Randy Boskofsky downloading measurements from a buoy. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT) Mitch Borden/KMXT A few years ago a runway at the Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport was extended into Chiniak Bay near the mouth of the Buskin River. This construction project raised some concerns about how the extension could affect the Buskin River’s salmon population, among other …

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Low Coho Escapement Prompts Buskin Drainage Closure

The very first thing Friday morning, sport fishing for coho salmon in the Buskin River drainage will close by emergency order due to a lack of escapement. The closure starts at one minute past midnight Thurs. Tyler Polum, Fish and Game’s sport fish biologist in Kodiak said that the 2016 season is roughly half over and there are are fewer …

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Sun’aq Tribe Keeps a Close Eye on Habitat Around Runway Extensions

Red eye jellyfish. Flickr / Nathan Rupert Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak wants to know how the recently completed Kodiak Airport runway extensions are impacting marine life. If at all. Last month they wrapped up the study’s biological element for this summer. Researchers examined the colonization of the armor rock the state installed to bolster the runway safety …

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Bag Limit Increases on Buskin for Largest Sockeye

The sockeye salmon bag and possession limit in the Buskin River drainage has been increased for the largest of the returning red salmon. In an announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, sport anglers, starting June 9, can now keep five sockeye salmon 20-inches or longer per day. The bag and possession limit for the fish under 20-inches …

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