ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An emergency order was issued reducing the Chitina dipnetting fishery because fewer fish than expected are passing the Miles Lake sonar, a state biologist said Wednesday.
The Chitina subdistrict subsistence dipnet fishery will be open for salmon from June 28 at 8 a.m. to July 2 at midnight. The pre-season fishing schedule set the opening for June 26.
The change was made because the number of fish passing the sonar from June 12 to June 18 was about 10,000 less than expected, said Tom Taube, area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
He said more dipnetters are using the fishery to catch the same amount of fish. There are an estimated 10,000 dipnetters, up from about 7,000 four years ago.
Regulations limit dipnetters to one chinook salmon. Steelhead must be returned to the water unhurt.
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