King Salmon Quota Raised

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game today announced that the all-gear chinook salmon quota has increased  from last year’s allocation.

A troller fishes Sitka Sound. (Sentinel file photo)


    Under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the abundance index for Southeast Alaska is 2.57, which is in an all-gear harvest quota of 439,400 treaty chinook, non-Alaska-hatchery produced.
    ADF&G said that the all-gear abundance-based quota represents an increase of 263,400 fish when compared with last year’s preseason quota of 176,000 fish, at an AI of 1.20. This year’s preseason troll treaty harvest allocation is 325,411 chinook, an increase of 195,549 fish when compared with last year’s 129,862 fish.
    The all-gear chinook salmon quota is allocated among commercial and sport fisheries according to management plans established in regulation by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Most king salmon produced from Alaska hatcheries are not factored into the AI and may be harvested in addition to the treaty limit.
    The summer commercial troll quota is calculated by subtracting the treaty kings harvested in the winter and spring troll fisheries from the annual troll treaty allocation. The winter fishery, currently in progress, is managed as not to exceed the guideline harvest level of 45,000 treaty king salmon.
    The annual all-gear harvest quota for Southeast Alaska is determined by the Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission.
    That quota is based on the forecast of Pacific coast king salmon stocks originating from river systems in the area subject to management under the treaty, which stretches from Cape Suckling, Alaska, to Cape Falcon, Ore. The actual king salmon runs to a number of river systems in 2013, especially to portions of the Columbia River, were far in excess of the forecasted levels.
    Forecasts for large runs to those systems in 2014 are reflected in this year’s increased quota, the department said.
    News releases web site: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=cfnews.main Troll fishery information can be found at:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyareasoutheast.salmon.

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