Federal subsistence board takes action on requests

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The Federal Subsistence Board considered four special action requests and a request to reconsider a previous action during its Nov.12 work session in Anchorage.

The Board did the following:

• Rejected a request to close a portion of Federal public lands in Unit 4 in Southeast Alaska to the harvest of female deer by non-Federally qualified hunters during the month of December 2009. The Board found that existing population and harvest information indicates the deer population in the proposed closure area is not at risk and is sufficient for harvest by both Federally qualified and non-Federally qualified users.

• Agreed to close the subsistence marten trapping season on Kuiu Island in Unit 3 in Southeast Alaska for the 2009-2010 season. There are indications that the marten population in the closed area has declined after three consecutive years of heavy snowfall that hampered the marten's ability to find food.

• Agreed to increase the harvest limit to two moose in a portion of Unit 18 in Western Alaska for the current regulatory year only, with one allowed in the fall season and one in the winter season. The Board determined that the moose population in the area could support the additional harvest and the increased limit would provide additional opportunity to subsistence hunters who want to harvest a second moose during the winter season. The area affected would include that area north and west of a line from Cape Romanzof to Kusilvak Mountain to Mountain village and excluding all Yukon River drainages upriver from Mountain Village.

• Agreed to prohibit the possession or use of shot shells containing size T lead shot or smaller for the taking of wildlife in Unit 18 in Western Alaska for the current regulatory year. Eliminating the use of lead shot in areas where the spectacled and Steller's eiders breed is a high priority in recovery efforts for these species. In addition, the prohibition of lead shot for the taking of wildlife will also benefit other waterfowl species.

• Agreed to reconsider its Jan. 14 decision addressing Ninilchik residents' eligibility to harvest resident fish species from Federal waters of the Kenai River area. For more information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program go online to http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/home.html.

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