Emergency orders extend setnetting hours Monday

Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2002

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Commercial Fisheries issued an emergency order Monday extending commercial set gillnet salmon fishing on the west side of Cook Inlet.

The order applies to the "western subdistrict of the central district south of the latitude of Redoubt Point" -- the Crescent River area on Tuxedni Bay, said Jeff Fox, area management biologist with Fish and Game.

"There's so little effort over there, that even fishing seven days a week, there's little impact on the number of fish," Fox said. "We've exceeded the upper end of the escapement goal over there for a number of years."

The order took effect at 7 p.m. Monday and will continue until further notice.

Another emergency order Monday extended commercial setnetting in the Kasilof River area from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday.

The extension continued fishing through high tide, before implementing the weekly 48-hour closure to the fishery.

"Right now, things look pretty good on the Kasilof," Fox said. "We're pretty ahead of the escapement curve."

At this time of the summer, Fox said, escapement is usually at about 35,000 to 40,000. At present, the Kasilof River is just under 55,000 fish on the sonar counts.

"We're fishing more aggressively than usual right now," Fox said. "That's the direction of the management plan."

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