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Accurate commercial set net king salmon harvest data more important than ever in July 2012

June 28th, 2012

Because of all the questions around the ability of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) to count early and late-run king salmon entering the Kenai River with sonar, in 2012 managers are relying on a number of different indicators to assess the run and how to base management decisions aimed at further conserving … + read more

Slow return of Kasilof River sockeye salmon

June 28th, 2012

Kasilof River sockeye salmon sonar counts are tracking along the lower end of the escapement goal range even without a commercial harvest, with an estimate of approximately 28,000 fish past the Didson sonar as of midnight, June 26. The Kasilof section commercial set net fishery regularly opens on June 25; however, citing both low sockeye … + read more

ADFG operating “outside” of codified in-river king salmon management plans; Allocation decisions are made by AK Board of Fish

June 27th, 2012

KRSA contends that ADFG is operating the 2012 season “outside” of the codified in-river king salmon management plans and thus are making decisions that allocate fish between sport, personal use, set net and drift net fisheries; decisions that should be made by the BOF. A few questions that should be answered by the BOF are: … + read more

2012 early-run Kenai River king salmon – an alarming failure that raises important questions

June 27th, 2012

The number of early-run king salmon returning to the Kenai River in 2012 was likely the lowest on record and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) can’t say whether the escapement goal was attained. The early-run Kenai River king salmon sport fishery has been a disaster, the late-run Kenai River king salmon sport … + read more

Conservation of King Salmon now Squarely on Commercial Fisheries

June 22nd, 2012

Will king SALMON conservation trump economics in this year’s upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishery? This year’s Upper Cook Inlet (UCI) salmon fisheries are shaping up to be a management challenge like nothing in recent memory. Fishing for king salmon has been closed or severely restricted throughout UCI by Emergency Orders issued by the Alaska Department … + read more