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Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) Evaluates Catch and Release Mandate for Early-run Kenai King Salmon

May 13th, 2013

On May 9, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) announced that the sport fishery for early-run king salmon in the Kenai River will begin under a restriction to catch and release only. According to regulation, the objectives for the early-run are achieving an Optimal Escapement Goal (OEG) of 5,300 – 9,000 and providing … + read more

Manage Kenai kings cautiously in face of uncertainty

April 29th, 2013

As the hours of daylight ascend and temperatures rise, Alaska’s rivers are opening back up to welcome home returning salmon. After the long winter, sport and personal-use anglers are getting their gear ready in anticipation of the summer fishing season. While the preseason forecast for sockeye salmon is robust for the Kenai River, projections for … + read more

Alaska’s sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries put essential food on the table for Alaskan families

April 26th, 2013

Alaska’s non-commercial fisheries – sport, personal use and subsistence – provide residents with essential access to locally-caught seafood and play a significant role in providing food security for Alaskan families, especially low-income households. While the state’s non-commercial fisheries annually harvest less than five percent of all salmon caught and less than 10 percent of all … + read more

Why roll the dice on Alaska’s Kenai River kings by cutting escapement goals?

April 24th, 2013

The basic principle of fisheries management is simple. Fish come first. Use science to ensure adequate escapement and then allow harvest by users. When uncertain about the science, act conservatively to prevent overfishing. If precautionary measures must be taken, share the burden of conservation fairly among all users. When these principles are not followed, troubles … + read more

Kenai King Debacle, Non-confirmation of Webster show Upper Cook Inlet is Different

April 11th, 2013

On Tuesday, April 8 a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature took the almost unprecedented action of failing to reconfirm a standing member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) who had been nominated by the Governor to serve another term. Vince Webster, a commercial fisherman from Bristol Bay, was not confirmed by a … + read more