Story last updated at 5/8/2013 - 3:45 pm
Under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces that the preseason Chinook salmon all-gear harvest quota for Southeast Alaska in 2013 is 176,000 fish. This year's quota is 90,000 fish lower than the 2012 allowable preseason Chinook all-gear harvest level of 266,800.
The annual all-gear quota for Southeast Alaska is determined by the Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission. 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 Chinook harvest in Southeast is allocated to sport, commercial troll, and commercial net fisheries under management plans specified by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Information on those allocations and the regulations that will be in place for the 2013 season can be found in news releases from the ADF&G Sport Fish and Commercial Fisheries Divisions. Links to those releases are below:
Sport Fish: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.R1&year=2013
Commercial Fisheries: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/home/news/pdfs/newsreleases/cf/254930984.pdf