Emergency order keeps Kasilof, Kenai, East Forelands closed to setnetters

A Wednesday emergency order from the Alaska Department of Fish and game closed today’s set gillnetting regular fishing period, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., due to low numbers of Kenai River king salmon.

As of July 8, Fish and Game’s DIDSON showed a cumulative late-run total of 911 kings, well below previous year sonar passage estimates and the minimum in-season management objectives established by the department.

Driftnetters will be allowed to fish their regular period on Thursday but will be restricted to Drift gillnet Area 1 and the Kenai and Kasilof Sections, which is the regular corridor; not the expanded corridor.

The department estimates that 56,000 sockeye salmon have made it into the Kenai River through July 10, below the 10-year-average on the same date of 93,000 fish.

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