Fishery Extended, Escapement Goals Tight

first_imgIn the Kasilof River, the sonar counter finished the season August 8th with 447,000 reds into the river, the second year in a row that the run has passed the upper end of its 390,000 fish goal. In the Kenai, the upper end of the 1.2 million fish goal has been reached, with tens of thousands of reds still flooding into the river. The East Side Set Net fishery was closed last week as the Sportsfishing Division sought to boost the number of kings past the in-river sonar counter. Shields said it’s important to the Department to meet the escapement goals for all fisheries, not just one run, so the decision was made to continue commercial fishing. Commercial Fisheries Management Biologist Pat Shields with the Alaska Department of Fish and game said to curb over escapement, commercial fisheries have been reopened… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The late run of Kenai River King Salmon has met the lower end of its goal, and now both the Kenai and Kasilof sockeye runs are threatening the upper limit of theirs.center_img Shields: “After reviewing all the catch and escapement date, fishing on Monday, August 10th is warranted. Any fishing beyond August 10th with the ESSN will be based on continuous assessment of king and sockeye salmon harvest and escapement data.” As of August 7th, the Kenai late run king salmon count was at nearly 20,000 fish. The king goal is 15,000-30,000.last_img

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