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Setnetters, drifters open in Kasilof on Sunday

Fish and Game emergency order opens eight hour period

Posted: June 29, 2013 - 5:21pm

A Saturday afternoon emergency order has opened the Kasilof section of the Upper Subdistrict of the Cook Inlet from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday to harvest the excess of sockeye salmon. 

According to the emergency order: 

Drift and set gillnetting will be open in the Kasilof Section — not the expanded section — from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As of 3 p.m. Saturday 138,000 sockeye had passed through the sonar on the Kasilof river — the largest estimated passage through this date on the river, according to the release. 

Red salmon jumping on area beaches show the fish to be present throughout the entire Kasilof section, according to the release. 

Despite an early run king salmon closure on the Kenai River due to low numbers of fish, the release details genetic stock identification data collected during Thursday's Kasilof setnet opening which showed the Kenai River chinook salmon stocks to be a low proportion of the overall commercial harvest. 

"Therefore fishing 8 hours in the Kasilof Section set gillnet fishery to slow the rate of escapement of Kasilof River sockeye salmon is warranted at this time," according to the release. 


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kenai123 06/30/13 - 10:55 am
ADF&G has no idea what it is doing

The truth is that our ADF&G does not know what they are talking about because they are so controlled by commercial fisheries profits that they are willing to destroy one fish in order to allow commercial fisheries to profit by harvesting another fish. It is completely illogical to close down all Cook Inlet to public king fishing because of a lack of kings and then open those same waters to the commercial gill net slaughter house. Gill nets are non-selective, they will kill EVERYTHING in the water. Our ADF&G has zero creditability on this as they attempt to speak out of both sides of their mouth at the same time. Come on ADF&G, either we have a monster king problem and EVERYONE should be closed down or the ADF&G has no idea what it is doing regarding our king stocks. There isn't a third choice ADF&G. In what reality can you get away with declaring a fisheries disaster and then keep hammering away at the disaster with gill nets? That is what our federal fisheries managers did back in 1959 when they totally destroyed our salmon stocks. Is this what the ADF&G is after? Total king stock collapse?

rwhobby 06/30/13 - 07:24 pm
Close the king fishing for 5 years

First off ADF&G uses commercial fisheries has a Mangement tool. Most of the Kings caught in set net sites, if alive are released. The biggest problem we have with the sports fishery is to many guides!!! ADF&G needs to close King fishing for the next 5 yrs to build back up the Stock, second need to make the Kenai river drift boat only, due to bigger motors and boat which has increased bank erosion and destroy the river bottom. The river bank is where the Juvenile king Salmon rear until they go to sea. Third by making Kenai river drift boat only will stop the hydrocarbon problem from all the boats on the river. The Kenai river has had a lot of pressure over the years and know starting to see the affects from all the guides and user groups.

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