Boaters asked to cooperate in king salmon project

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking for cooperation from boaters as the agency nets king salmon in the lower Kenai River near the state-run sonar king counter.

With so many anglers fishing the river, it has been difficult for Fish and Game crews to motor a boat into the correct channel and drift down with the net to catch kings.

Test netting is used to gauge the success of the sonar counter. The kings are released.

Fish and Game is asking that boaters who see the test boat waiting to deploy its net give it space. The crew also will wait for any anglers in the area to leave.

The netting boat is out there all week, usually four hours before and after a low tide through Aug. 10. The project has been conducted since the early 1980s and in that part of the river since 1998.

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