Kenai River late run king salmon counts lowered significantly

    Kenai Peninsula fisheries have been scaled back after the Kenai River late run king salmon counts were lowered significantly.

    Kenai Peninsula fisheries have been scaled back after the Kenai River late run king salmon counts were lowered significantly.

    The Alaska Department of Fish & Game discovered a programming error on July 28th which brought the king count down for the preceding three weeks. The Department says that "the total number of king salmon, [is] 1,900 fish less than the original estimates for the 20-day period."

    Commercial Fisheries Management Biologist Pat Shields says the new numbers have forced a shift in how commercial fisheries are managed, since the king run is now less likely to meet the median of its optimum escapement goal:

    "This projection resulted in a cessation of regular fishing periods and allowed fishing time in the East Side Set Net fishery only by EO. Based on the relatively small harvest of sockeye salmon on August 9th and because the projection for Kenai River king salmon escapement remains at less than 22,500 fish, at this time we do not anticipate any additional EO's or fishery openings in the East Side Set Net fishery for the remainder of the 2016 season."

    The East Side Set Net fishery closes August 15th, by regulation.

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