Fish Surveys and Subsistence Reports for Colville River and Vicinity (1985-2023)

These reports summarizes work to monitor fall subsistence fisheriues on Colville River. In addition reports for Ublutuoch, Fish Creek and the Helmricks winter fishery are provided. Reports for burbot and broad whitefish are also available.

The Colville River fishery is conducted using gillnets each fall after freeze-up in the Niġliq Channel of the Colville River. The monitoring program began in 1985 when the North Slope Borough, in consultation with local fisherman and industry, requested information on the potential impacts to fish health from activities associated with exploration and development of oil and gas near Prudhoe Bay and in the Colville River delta.

Initial surveys in the Colville River delta sought only to obtain estimates of the total subsistence and commercial fishing effort and harvest during the fall under-ice fishery. Over the years, the objectives of the project have evolved to include quantifying temporal trends in fishing effort, harvest results, and assessments of the general health of the fishery. It also includes input from fishers about their perception of the health of the fishery to determine monitoring goals.

In 2020, studies to monitor the summer subsistence gillnet harvest of fish in the Nigliq Channel of the Colville were initiated.

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Additional Info

Field Value
ISO Topics biota, inlandWaters, society
Primary Organization MJM Research
Funding Organizations ConocoPhillips
Other Organizations LGL Limited, ConocoPhillips, ABR, Inc., Entrix, Environmental Science and Engineering
Organization Types Industry and Consultants
Geo-keywords North Slope
Start Date 1985-01-01
Created February 20, 2019, 13:01 (AKST)
Last Updated May 8, 2024, 15:15 (AKDT)