Kodiak salmon season encouraging, biologists say

Posted: Monday, June 12, 2000

KODIAK (AP) -- Early catch and escapement numbers suggest the Kodiak salmon season is off to a strong start.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is evaluating run strength in preparation for the next opener on Wednesday.

''Things look very encouraging so far,'' Kodiak salmon fisheries area management biologist Kevin Brennan said.

The total catch for the June 9-10 opener was approximately 135,000 sockeye and 14,000 chum, Brennan said.

The Cape Igvak district fishery opened Sunday morning despite initial problems in evaluating run strength after a weir washed out last week.

''The catches were very strong so we are able to open Cape Igvak,'' Brennan said.

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