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Return of the Steller's Eider

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The Steller's Eider Reintroduction Program is proposing to release captive-raised individuals of this beautiful masked seabird to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.


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A successful model of conservation!

The 2015 summer was a successful model of conservation for salmon on the Kuskokwim River. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with State of Alaska and the Kuskokwim Intertribal Fish Commission and other interested parties to reach goals set forth by the State of Alaska for the total in river goal of 65,000 to 120,000 Chinook salmon. This goal was exceed along with all tributary goals for all species of salmon. This was a direct result of the sacrifices made by residents of the Kuskokwim and the partnership in management with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and the newly formed Kuskokwim Intertribal Fish Commission. The specific goals on the refuge were for the Kwethluk River weir, which has not made escapement since 2009 for Chinook salmon. The Chinook goals for Kwethluk are 4,100 to 7,500. To date there have been 8,163 Chinook that have been counted, exceeding the upper goal by 663 fish. Escapement goals were met for chum and coho as well on the Kwethluk, making this a banner conservation year.

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Last Updated: Sep 14, 2015
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