April 11, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 15

ADF&G announces Chinook quotas, king regulations

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced last week that the preseason Chinook salmon all-gear harvest quota for Southeast Alaska in 2013 is 176,000 fish. 

The 2013 quota is 90,000 fish lower than the 2012 allowable preseason Chinook all-gear harvest level of 266,800.

The Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission determines the annual all-gear quota for Southeast.  The quota is based on the forecast of an aggregate abundance of Pacific Coast Chinook salmon stocks subject to management under the treaty. Most Chinook salmon produced in Alaska hatcheries may be harvested in addition to the annual treaty limit.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries allocates the Chinook harvest in Southeast to sport, commercial troll, and commercial net fisheries.

The ADF&G has also announced the 2013 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat, which will be effective through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The regulations are:

• The bag and possession limit (resident and nonresident) is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.

A nonresident annual harvest limit and recording requirements apply as follows:

• From Jan. 1 through June 30, a nonresident’s harvest limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.

• From July 1 through July 15, a nonresident’s harvest limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from Jan. 1 through June 30 will apply toward the two fish harvest limit.

• From July 16 through Dec. 31, a nonresident’s harvest limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from Jan. 1 through July 15 will apply toward the one fish harvest limit.

• When landing and retaining a king salmon, nonresidents must enter the species, date and location, in ink, on the back of their sport fishing license or harvest record.

• From Oct. 1 through March 31, 2014 resident sport anglers may use two rods while fishing for king salmon; a resident using two rods may only retain king salmon.

The Southeast Alaska king salmon sport fishery is managed under provisions of the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 47.055). This plan prescribes management measures for the king salmon sport fishery based upon the preseason abundance index determined by the Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission. The preseason abundance index for the 2013 season is 1.20 which equates to 32,466 king salmon allocated to the sport fishery. The plan prescribes the regulations above when the king salmon abundance index is 1.11 to 1.20.

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