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Primarily and Minimize – Where do these important directives come from in the Upper Cook Inlet salmon management plans? Part One.

February 12th, 2013

A quick read through the management plans that govern the salmon fisheries of Upper Cook Inlet (UCI) will highlight the use of the terms primarily and minimize. But where did these important directives come from, what do these terms really mean and how are they implemented? In part one, we will examine the historical context … + read more

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

Fish Hooks: News from the World of Fisheries

December 8th, 2012

The winter months tend to be active in fisheries management, with fishery regulatory meetings of the Alaska Board of Fisheries, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, the Federal Subsistence Board, as well as reports from various state and federal agencies and local meetings of municipal and state interest. We will … + 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