The U.S. Forest Service is partnering with Yakutat Tlingit Tribe to apply for funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Subsistence Management, Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program. If awarded the grant, 2022 will be the start of a 4-year project on hooligan abundance, run timing, and distribution.
The proposed survey area includes the estuary, mouth, and lower reaches of streams along the Yakutat Forelands between Yakutat and Dry Bay. The project would include aerial surveys, harvest interviews, and retrieving biological samples (environmental DNA). This data will build upon a previous (2010-2013) project conducted by the Forest Service and other partners, closing data gaps and increasing understanding of sustainable subsistence harvest levels.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires a public comment period before submitting our proposal on March 15th. USFS and YTT appreciate those who have already offered public comment.