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ADFG proposes new escapement goal for late-run Kenai River king salmon

January 19th, 2013

The Upper Cook Inlet King Salmon task force met on Monday, January 14 in Kenai to review the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) new draft interim escapement goal for late-run Kenai River king salmon and to further discuss options for king salmon management during times of low abundance. The task force will make … + read more

Regular Periods and Windows – Business or Biology?

December 11th, 2012

In the first meeting of the Kenai River King Salmon task force a discussion of the utility of mandatory regular periods and windows for the east side set net (ESSN) fishery took place. For about as long as folks can remember the ESSN fishery in Upper Cook Inlet (UCI) has fished what are called “regular … + read more

Low King Salmon Abundance – an Anomaly or the New Reality?

December 5th, 2012

At the recent king salmon symposium, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) detailed declining abundance of king returns across Alaska and highlighted the need for basic information to better understand the underlying reasons for this statewide concern. The Governor subsequently announced a five year, $30 million commitment by the state to fund additional … + read more

Late-run Kenai River King Salmon Task Force – First Meeting a Mixed Bag, Second Meeting Canceled

December 4th, 2012

The first meeting of the Kenai River king salmon task force was a mixed bag, with positive signs and also disappointments. On the positive side, the two members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) who co-chair the process certainly came to work, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) brought over ten staff … + read more

Primary Purpose of King Salmon Management Plan is to Provide Angler Harvest Opportunity

November 30th, 2012

Each of the codified management plans that govern important salmon fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet (UCI) contains a purpose statement in its opening section. These purpose statements articulate the goals of each plan. The statements in and of themselves do not direct the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) to implement any specific management … + read more