King Salmon Retention

Jun 15, 2017

From an ADF&G Emergency Order dated June 14, 2017

Copper River Personal Use Dip Net Salmon Fishing Schedule: June 19 - June 25
The Chitina Subdistrict will open for a 168-hour period from 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 19
 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 25. The retention of king salmon is allowed in the Chitina dip net fishery effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 19.

The commercial harvest of king salmon above expectations and available measures of abundance from the Native Village of Eyak mark/recapture study, proportion of tagged king salmon observed in harvest sampling and anecdotal catch rates from the Glennallen Subdistrict subsistence fishery, and higher than average cumulative king salmon counts at the Gulkana River counting tower continue to indicate the 2017 run of king salmon may be greater than forecast and that a harvestable surplus, above the minimum escapement goal of 24,000 king salmon, exists in the upper Copper River. It is therefore justified to allow the retention of king salmon in the Chitina Subdistrict personal use fishery.

ADF&G Source
Personal use limit remains at 1 king salmon per permit.