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Retention of kings prohibited in dipnet fishery

Posted: July 8, 2013 - 10:10pm

Dipnetters participating in the personal-use fishery at the mouth of the Kenai River will be prohibited from retaining king salmon when the fishery opens Wednesday.

Due to poor performance of king salmon stocks in Cook Inlet and other parts of the state, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is taking management steps to conserve Kenai River king salmon in an effort to avoid additional restrictions or closure of the sport fishery, the department said in a Monday press release.

Any king salmon caught in the personal-use fishery may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

The Kenai River personal-use fishery is open from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. each day through July 31. A permit is required to participate in the fishery.

— Staff report

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robert white
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robert white 07/09/13 - 10:49 am
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dipnetting

Let the gluttony began

s2wheel
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s2wheel 07/09/13 - 09:06 pm
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Talk about gluttony, the

Talk about gluttony, the setnetters retained about 300 kings yesterday ADFG 262-9611

smithtb
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smithtb 07/09/13 - 10:35 pm
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Timely data

S2wheel,

Impressive that we already have harvest data for yesterday's commercial opener. Even though you don't have a clue, the fact that ESSN's harvested nearly 300 kings is a positive sign - it means there are a decent number of Kings out there heading for the river.

How many Kings did commercial inriver users harvest yesterday? Oh, that's right, that data won't be available for another 14 MONTHS!!!

That's right, 2013 guide logbook data is scheduled to be Published in OCTOBER 2014.

Tanomami
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Tanomami 07/09/13 - 11:44 pm
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Get your Facts Straight

Published statistics for the at least the past 15years shows that only 15% of the Kings that enter the river are taken by Sport fishermen and that's on a good year. Last year, the Set netters took more Kings in 1 day than the entire sports fishery for 2013. Bottom line is we have to come up with a way to significantly reduce the by-catch by our commercial fisheries if we want to save our runs. Otherwise, we are doomed and we may as well leave the sport fishery open until we kill them all then it wont be a problem as their will be no Kings to manage...problem solved.

Alaskaborn
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Alaskaborn 07/10/13 - 08:31 am
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Sport harvest numbers are available inseason

Sport harvest numbers from the creel survey are posted on F&G fish count page. Through July 8, the harvest is 149 kings.
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCounts/index.cfm?ADFG=main.kenaiChinoo...
Just send them an email if you want the breakdown between guided and unguided harvest numbers or you can just keep your head in the sand and wait for a published report.

jennyb47
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jennyb47 07/10/13 - 12:50 pm
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Sport Fishing

Why is sportfishing STILL going on?? Catch and release should also be off the menu. It's the same song and dance: in river escapement is easier to manage than the saltwater commercial trawler. Too bad - the kings are really taking a beating and nobody has the "stones" to really address the issue.

kenai123
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kenai123 07/12/13 - 07:48 am
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Smitth, 300 kings were reported ESSN

Smitth, yes 300 kings were reported official ESSN by-catch but 3,005 other kings which were caught and killed by ESSN and never made it any official fish processor around here. 1,486 kings were unofficially toted off to (every third ESSN set net site) on site smoker/processor/freezers. (for December shipment to New York) and 1,519 kings were loaded and toted to non-local fish processors to avoid being counted locally. Do people not see all the heavy loaded trucks moving south on the Sterling Highway? Do we have an ADF&G vehicle out pulling these trucks over to see what they are shipping? No we do not. Nobody is watching what is moving in these trucks. Hundreds of totes of fish are moving from Kenai eastward to who knows where?

kenai123
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kenai123 07/12/13 - 07:53 am
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Isn't it wonderful? Thousands of kings

Isn't it wonderful? Thousands of kings being slaughtered in ESSN's while the public is banned from accessing those same salmon? Only in America would you see big business being able to literally take the food right off of the public's tables, only to be turned around and sold to them later at Fred Meyer's.
This is the same as stealing the hub caps off of a car and then trying to sell them to the owner of the car.

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Suss 07/12/13 - 09:13 am
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Numbers

Kenai123, where do you get your data? Is there a source you could direct us to or is this some secret squirrel stuff only available with the proper decoder ring?

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beaverlooper 07/13/13 - 11:21 am
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Suss

It's become pretty clear that 123 is SEVERAL cards short of a full deck. I'm afraid he might go completely off the cliff and harm or kill someone.

smithtb
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smithtb 07/15/13 - 01:50 pm
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3,305 Kings?

Bahahahaha!

123, you are a funny guy!

That was a good one! You should write a book!

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