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Sportfishing by the Numbers

Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2000

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game does not count fish taken by sport anglers, but it does track days of angler effort expended on the waters of the Kenai Peninsula.

While the percentage of statewide angler effort spent on the Kenai Peninsula has remained relatively stable, the days of angler effort have more than doubled in the last two decades.

The following figures represent, in order from left to right, Kenai area days of angler effort, percent of statewide effort and Alaska total angler effort since 1978 when the Upper Cook Inlet Management Plan went into effect.

Year Kenai Percent Alaska total

1978 468,134 36.4 1,286,063

1979 491,751 36 1,364,739

1980 480,870 32.3 1,488,962

1981 489,821 34.5 1,420,772

1982 544,290 33.5 1,623,090

1983 582,873 33.6 1,732,528

1984 638,229 34.2 1,865,837

1985 713,338 36.7 1,943,069

1986 781,277 37.7 2,071,412

1987 827,992 38.5 2,152,886

1988 875,655 37.9 2,311,291

1989 794,103 35.1 2,264,079

1990 838,259 34 2,463,284

1991 822,269 33.5 2,456,328

1992 883,219 34.8 2,540,374

1993887,70434.72,559,408

1994 1,030,642 37.9 2,719,911

*1995 972,700 34.9 2,787,670

*1996 941,198 34.3 2,733,008

*1997 955,499 36 2,654,454

1998 729,400 33.8 2,153, 992

1999 Not yet available.

* According to Alan Howe of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, an error was discovered in the calculations for the years 1995 to 1997. The apparent drop in angler days of effort in 1998 is a result of the error.

The bulk numbers are being recalculated and will probably be considerably less than previously listed, Howe said. The proportions, however, between the Kenai Peninsula figure and the statewide number should remain the same, he added.



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