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Emergency orders in place on Kenai Peninsula

Posted: May 30, 2013 - 10:01am

A number of emergency orders are in place on Kenai Peninsula waters and beaches.

Anglers should note the following emergency orders, which restrict king salmon fisheries on the Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River and the marine fishery south of the Ninilchik River mouth to Bluff Point. These restrictions are in effect through June 30 except where otherwise noted.

■ The Anchor River is closed to sport fishing on Wednesdays and the Fish and Game regulatory marker is relocated approximately 1,000 feet downstream of the North and South fork junction.

■ The combined annual limit is two king salmon 20 inches or greater in length for fish harvested from May 1 to June 30 in the Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River and all marine waters south of the latitude of the mouth of the Ninilchik River to the latitude of Bluff Point.

■ After harvesting a king salmon 20 inches or greater from either the Anchor River, Deep Creek, or the Ninilchik River, anglers are required to stop fishing for any species in these streams for the rest of the day.

■ Anglers may only use one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure on the Anchor River, Deep Creek, and Ninilchik River.

■ Ninilchik River king salmon bag and possession is one naturally produced or hatchery-produced fish during regulatory weekend openings in May and June.

■ The razor clam bag and possession limit has been decreased to the first 25 clams dug through Dec. 31. Diggers are reminded that possession limit refers to the number of unpreserved clams a person may have in their possession. Preserved is defined on page 5 of your regulation summary booklet.

■ An emergency order regarding the retention of king salmon from the waters of the Kenai River will remain in effect until. The emergency order prohibits sport fishermen from retaining king salmon measuring 20 inches in length or greater but less than 55 inches in length. The order pertains to waters of the Kenai River downstream from Skilak Lake and at the confluence of the Moose River and Kenai River, upstream to the northern most edge of the Sterling Highway bridge. Within the specified boundaries, harvest is allowed for king salmon measuring less than 20 inches in length or 55 inches in length or greater. Fish not meeting the specified measurements must not be taken from the water and must be released immediately.

■ The early run of king salmon to the Kasilof River run includes both naturally-produced and hatchery produced king salmon. Naturally-produced king salmon can be identified by an intact adipose fin. An emergency order prohibiting the retention of naturally-produced king salmon and reducing the bag and possession limits for hatchery-produced king salmon remains in effect until June 30. This order stipulates that all naturally-produced king salmon must not be taken from the water and must be released immediately. The order further reduces the bag and possession limit to one hatchery-produced king salmon measuring 20 inches or greater.

— Staff report

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kenai123 06/22/13 - 04:08 pm
The ADF&G is going to be needing lots of emergency orders...

Our ADF&G is going to be needing lots of emergency orders for the future as they have commercially wiped-out our marine prey for king salmon. Ocean juvenal king prey has been reduced by 98% by commercial crab fisheries therefore our kings are starving to death. Our ADF&G should know this but they do not. The ADF&G can only shout "natural low abundance". There is a low abundance of prey for our juvenal kings but its not natural, it's ADF"&G caused.

1950 lower 48 east coast commercial fisheries caught so many cod that they caused their cod fisheries collapse by 1970. 1930 depression era farmers plowed up the grassy prairies but caused The Great Dust Bowl. World War 2 era dam builders produced cheap electricity but killed most of their salmon. The lower 48 west coast timber industry cut so many trees that they eroded and silted their river thus killing most of their salmon. 1990 lower 48 west coast commercial salmon fisheries caught so many salmon that they help cause their salmon fisheries collapse by 2000. Before 1980 Florida had a massive tarpon resource but they allowed excess commercial harvest of tarpon prey like blue crab, pink shrimp and toadfish, thus causing their tarpon to collapse by 1990. Many claimed these losses were the result of "a natural cycle". Excess commercial harvest has depleted Alaska's herring, crab and now king salmon resources. Our ADF&G is claiming "a natural low abundance" but we are compelled to ask if this is in fact "a natural cycle" or the direct results of the same excessive commercial activities and mis-management which has plagued our past?

kenai123 06/26/13 - 05:17 am
Watching our ADF&G try to fix

Watching our ADF&G try to fix our saltwater king salmon problems by restricting freshwater fisheries is like watching someone try to rewind a DVD, thinking that it's a VHS tape.
They keep on pressing that VHS rewind button over and over but it's not connected to anything so there's no way it can work. Our juvenal king salmon are starving to death in the ocean because we have enhanced way to many sockeye runs for commercial fisheries profits and reduced our freshwater salmon spawning and rotting which has reduced our water nitrogen levels, thus disrupting the beginning of the marine food chain. That food web disruption along with excess commercial crab harvest has reduce half inch crab larvae down 98% from what it used to be. Juvenal kings feed exclusively on (older) half inch crab larvae. Sockeye salmon feed exclusively on (younger) quarter inch crab larvae.

Excess commercial crab fishing, excess sockeye enhancement and reduced salmon spawning escapements have resulted in a 98% reduction in saltwater juvenal king salmon feed. Thus we have our ADF&G attempting to fix a saltwater king problem with freshwater fisheries restrictions. The ADF&G is that confused guy standing there pressing a VHS rewind button over and over, on a DVD player, while he just can't understand why it worked before but not now.
Old ADF&G fisheries management solutions cannot solve our current king salmon problems because it is those past management solutions which have caused todays king problems. Our ADF&G needs to take a fresh management look at the king problem and then use fresh management solutions. Old management solutions will not fix this king problem. Our juvenal kings are starving to death.

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