Early run of Kenai king salmon makes escapement goal by 12 fish

With several days of dwindling counts of king salmon passing the DIDSON sonar on the Kenai River, the chances that the run of fish would reach its escapement goal looked grim. However, on the last day of counting on Monday, 183 fish passed the sonar putting the season total at 5,311 or 12 fish above the lower bound of the river's escapement goal. 

Mondays count was the highest in 10 days, according to Fish and Game data. 

In late February managers closed the early run of king salmon on the Kenai River to sportfishing as they projected 2,230 fish to return — well below the optimum escapement goal range of 5,300-9,000 fish. 

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