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UPPER COOK INLET COMMERCIAL FISHING ANNOUNCEMENT No. 44

August 5th, 2015

EMERGENCY ORDER NUMBER 2S-44-15

Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fishing Announcement No. 44 opens commercial fishing with set gillnets in the Kenai, Kasilof, and East Foreland sections of the Upper Subdistrict on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Drift gillnetting will be open in the Expanded Kenai and Expanded Kasilof sections of the Upper Subdistrict and the Anchor Point Section of the Lower Subdistrict (Figure 1) from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

The estimated cumulative passage of sockeye salmon in the Kasilof River through August 3 was approximately 421,000 fish. The biological escapement goal (BEG) for Kasilof River sockeye salmon is 160,000–340,000 fish, while the optimal escapement goal (OEG) is 160,000–390,000 fish. Both the SEG and the OEG have been exceeded.

The cumulative sockeye salmon passage estimate in the Kenai River through August 3, was approximately 992,000 fish. The inriver goal for Kenai River sockeye salmon runs of 2,300,000–4,600,000 fish is 1,000,000 to 1,200,000. The current estimate of passage in the Kenai River through July 30 indicates the inriver goal will be met or exceeded.

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