O'Brien Creek trail open

The Alaska Department of Transportation's Tazlina crew finished clearing the trail from O'Brien Creek all the way to Haley Creek, the southern terminus of the Copper River Personal Use dipnet fishery, this fall. They intend to drive the trail later in May to see if winter slides caused any trouble spots. If they find any, they will bring out equipment and clear the trail before the dipnet season begins in June. Pictures after the break.

2020 Dipnet Harvest Reporting Changes

From the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, “For the Chitina permit, this year it is required that all harvest reporting be done online. In the past you could fill out your paper and mail it to the department. No longer. For those without internet access, they can call the Fairbanks F&G office and go through the process over the phone, but mailing physical reports in is no longer an option.

News and Events

SB44, "An Act requiring the Board of Fisheries to prioritize personal use fisheries when implementing fishing restrictions to achieve a management goal."
ADF&G has released their salmon forecast for the PWS and Copper River
Permit are available online! ADF&G is requiring online catch reporting this year.
CDA participated in the third Copper River Salmon Harvesters Roundtable in February, organized by The Copper River Watershed Project.
The Chitina Dipnetters will be sending two representatives to the December, 2020, Board of Fish meeting in Cordova.