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Two Challenges in Salmon Management: Low Run Size and Unpredictable Run Timing

July 25th, 2013

Salmon run size and run timing can vary tremendously from year-to-year. It’s the hallmark of a life history strategy adapted over eons to the dynamic marine and freshwater environments they inhabit. Unfortunately, this makes it really tough on those who depend on plentiful fish runs for their lifestyle or livelihood. In years like this, where … + read more

Let’s Jump Carefully to Conclusions from New King Salmon Genetic Data

June 24th, 2013

Over the winter, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) gave us our first glimpse of new genetic data on the stock composition of king salmon harvested in the Upper Cook Inlet (UCI) commercial fishery. Tremendous advances in genetic stock identification capabilities over the last decade and a progressive initiative by ADFG to employ … + read more

Kasilof Personal Use gillnet fishery – King salmon harvest an overlooked cause for concern

June 17th, 2013

The Kasilof Personal Use set gillnet fishery opened for the 2013 season on June 15 and unless modified or closed by emergency order will operate through June 24. Regulations governing this fishery can be found in the Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Salmon Fishery Management Plan 5 AAC 77.540. (b). King salmon of both early … + read more

Upper Cook Inlet king salmon are experiencing the early-run Blues

June 17th, 2013

Toward the end of last week (about June 12-15) we passed that critical historical 50 percent point in the 2013 run of early-run king salmon in Upper Cook Inlet. It is clear to anyone fishing or watching the run data come in that the returns are not good. No one expected 2013 to be a … + read more

ADF&G restricts more king fishing with additional EOs

June 13th, 2013

Marine waters between Bluff Point and Ninilchik River closed through July 15. Lower Cook Inlet streams closed to sportfishing through July 15. Area closed to fishing expanded at the Little Susitna River Weir.