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Open set gillnetting in the Kenai, Kasilof, and East Foreland sections

August 6th, 2015

UPPER COOK INLET COMMERCIAL FISHING ANNOUNCEMENT No. 45

EMERGENCY ORDER NUMBER 2S-45-15

Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fishing Announcement No. 45 opens commercial fishing with set gillnets in the Kenai, Kasilof, and East Foreland sections of the Upper Subdistrict on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

As of August 4, the inriver run of Kenai River late-run king salmon at the River Mile 14 sonar site is estimated to be 18,136 fish. Since July 26, 2015, the final king salmon escapement estimate in the Kenai River has decreased every day. Based on the current inriver cumulative passage, the final escapement of late-run king salmon in the Kenai River is projected to be less than 22,500 fish. Please visit the following website for more information on Kenai River king salmon estimates: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCounts/index.cfm?ADFG=main.kenaiChinook#/inseasonSummary

According to 5 AAC 21.359 Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Management Plan, from August 1 through August 15, if the projected escapement of king salmon into the Kenai River is at least 16,500 fish, but less than 22,500 fish, notwithstanding the provisions of 5 AAC 21.360(c)(1)(B), (2)(B), and (3)(B), the commissioner may open, by emergency order, the commercial set gillnet fishery in the Upper Subdistrict to no more than 36 hours of fishing time. This commercial fishing announcement opens the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery for 12 of the allowable 36 hours of fishing time.

The estimated cumulative passage of sockeye salmon in the Kasilof River through August 4 was approximately 425,000 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.

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