Kuskokwim River Community Based Harvest Monitoring

Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)

Project ID1709
Recovery Domains -
Start Date05/01/2019
End Date12/31/2019
Last Edited07/28/2021
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The Project objectives implemented were:
1. Identified participant villages willing to support community-based monitors in interview sampling.
2. Trained village monitors to respectfully conduct harvest interviews and collect ASL data from
harvested fish.
3. Through community monitors, relayed information on subsistence fishing opportunities to local
community members, and relay local concerns to inseason managers (note – monitors are
unequivocally not involved in regulation enforcement).
4. Collected subsistence harvest data from subsistence fishing opportunities during early June to the
end of the lower river Chinook salmon run in July, and electronically transfer data within 12
hours of a fishing period closure.
5. Collected biological data (ASL) from fish harvested in subsistence fisheries.
6. Worked with other agency and NGO staff to compile, review, and report on inseason harvest
summaries as collected from this and related projects including aerial surveys.

The final report took longer to complete and several iterations due to analysis of project outcomes.

Project Benefit    

The overarching goal of the proposed project is to implement CBM for inseason assessments of subsistence harvests of Chinook salmon at six villages located in federal waters on the lower Kuskokwim River. Preliminary efforts in 2017 and 2018 demonstrated the value of community-based harvest monitoring to inseason managers and the proposed project builds on those previous efforts. Annual activities will include: working with tribal and community councils to explain project goals and objectives and identify potential candidates for hire as future harvest monitors; hiring and training of monitors in collaboration partner organizations; preliminary interviews and collection of biological data during restricted mesh subsistence opportunities prior to the arrival of the primary component of the Chinook salmon return; interviews and collection of biological data during the limited restricted mesh openings during the period when most of the Chinook salmon return passes through federal refuge waters of the lower Kuskokwim River; debriefing of monitors after the Chinook salmon returns have largely passed out of federal waters; and, postseason public recognition of monitors in the home villages. This project facilitates the integration of locally-collected data into inseason fishery management, increasing local ownership and transparency of the management process while directly contributing to capacity building for harvest monitors.


Metric Completed Originally
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 302.00 302.00

Funding Details

Report Total:$97,475

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: 46802019
  • Start Date: 05/01/2019
  • End Date: 12/31/2019
Area Description
Kuskokwim River

Location Information

  • Basin: Lower Kuskokwim River
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Alaska
  • Recovery Domain:
  • Latitude: 60.82419040352291
  • Longitude: -161.5722656249869


  • Un-Named ESU Chinook




  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 97,475.00
    •      . . E.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
    •      . . E.0.c
      Project identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
    •      . . E.0.d.1 Number of Cooperating Organizations 4
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
      Bering Sea Fishermen's Association Kuskokwim River Tribal Fish Commission Association of Village Council Presidents U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 1
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      In-season Harvest and Effort Estimates for the 2019 Kuskokwim River Subsistence Salmon Fisheries During Block Openers
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 97,475.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 302.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 25,000.0
      •      . . . . E.1.c.6 Harvest monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.6.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for harvest 302.00
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.6.b # square miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for harvest25000 (Square miles)
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program