appears to be a shrinking population of caribou on Unimak
Island has been raising alarm with subsistence hunters. As a
measure to protect the herd, the Federal Subsistence Board has suggested
closing the island to caribou hunting.
the Kodiak/Aleutians Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council met to
review that and other federal subsistence management proposals.
According to long-time advisory
council member Pat Holmes, the bull-cow ratio is low right now and mortality
rates are very high. He said it's a problem that's been developing for several
(Subsistence 1 "and
there was ... of a rebound")
The answer to the declining
caribou population problem may come in the form of a cooperative effort between
state and federal management agencies.
-- (Subsistence 2 "And so I ... Unimak Island one.")
Other than the caribou herd
management proposal, the council dealt with several administrative proposals
meant to streamline and clarify federal subsistence regulations.
The Kodiak-Aleutians Federal
Subsistence Regional Advisory council meets twice a year to make
recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board on proposals to change
Clark, Public Affairs specialist for the Federal Office of Subsistence
Management talked about the role the council plays in subsistence management.
-- (Subsistence 3 "It's
important for ... are very important.")
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar initiated a departmental review of the Federal
Subsistence Management Program in order to evaluate how well the program is
fulfilling its purpose as set out by the Alaska National Interest Lands
Conservation Act. The secretary had toured parts of Alaska with Senator Mark Begich in October.