Restrictions imposed on Southeast charter, nonresident king fishermen

Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Department of Fish and Game is adding restrictions to nonresident and charter boat king salmon fishermen in Southeast Alaska to meet harvest restrictions demanded by the Pacific Salmon Treaty reached last year by the United States and Canada.

The restrictions take effect Saturday.

Keeping king salmon will be prohibited if more than four lines are fished from a charter boat throughout June.

Nonresidents and fishermen on charters will be prohibited from keeping kings on Wednesdays through July. They will be prohibited from keeping kings on any days in August and September.

Also, nonresident anglers and charter boat fishermen will be prohibited from retaining kings caught on the outside coast around Sitka and the west and south coasts of Prince of Wales Island from July 12 through July 31.

The first three restrictions apply to all marine waters in the Southeast Alaska area, including Yakutat, except terminal harvest areas established by emergency order to harvest excess hatchery king salmon. Most kings produced by Alaska hatcheries do not count toward the quota.

Regional Management Coordinator Rob Bentz said one of the objectives of the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan requires the department to minimize regulatory restrictions on resident anglers not fishing from a charter vessel.

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