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2014 Inseason Alaska Commercial Salmon Summary

This summary provides management, harvest, and escapement information for the Alaska commercial salmon fishing season. This summary will be updated each Friday between mid-May and September. Please note, inseason harvest data published in this summary are preliminary and subject to change. For more information on the Blue Sheet, inseason summaries, and harvest timing charts, please see our Blue Sheet, Inseason Summary, and Harvest Timing Charts Overview page.

Updated Thursday, August 15, 2014

Southeast Alaska

Troll Fishery
After a 4-day coho closure, the general summer troll fishery reopened on August 14, as did the second Chinook salmon retention period. The Chinook opening will be for 3 days, from 12:01 a.m., August 14 through 11:59 p.m., August 16, and will target an estimated 36,051 fish. 

Regional power troll coho catch rates for last week were 109/day, with the highest catch rates in the Southern Inside and Central Outside areas. Coho average weights have remained relatively stable throughout the summer fishery, averaging 5.8 lbs, with a week 32 average of 5.9 lbs.  The average price is currently $1.39/lb with an average summer price of $1.35/lb.  The cumulative coho harvest since July 1 is just over 1.07 million, with a peak weekly harvest of 272,000 during the week of July 20-26.

A small portion of the troll fleet has been targeting chum salmon returning to the Neets Bay hatchery in West Behm Canal. A recent report indicates a harvest of approximately 128,000 chum since early July. Effort has declined during the current week, with 8-10 trollers fishing in the area on August 11. Trollers have an average chum catch/landing of 200-250 fish, at an average weight of between 7-8 lbs and average price of $0.69/lb.

In a news release issued August 14, it was announced that retention of troll caught chum salmon in a portion of Sitka Sound and Eastern Channel will close effective 12:01 a.m., August 17.  It was also announced on August 14 that the Deep Inlet Terminal Harvest Area will close to all common property commercial fisheries effective 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 16.  Both of these closures will remain in effect until further notice.

The 2014 Summer Troll Management Plans can be found on the Southeast troll website. Inseason catch and effort data for summer is available on the same site.

Purse Seine Fishery
The SE Alaska purse seine fishery began the 2014 season in traditional areas on Sunday, June 15 and is now in its ninth week. During statistical week 33, fishing occurred on August 12–13 and there is another period scheduled to begin on August 16.

The department has forecast a pink salmon harvest of 22 million fish for the season, below the recent 10-year average harvest of 34.5 million fish. The current inseason projection indicates a harvest of around 30 million pink salmon. Based primarily on combined hatchery chum salmon forecasts, total returns of 9.9 million fish are expected. Current cumulative purse seine harvest estimates compiled Thursday, August 14 are around 23.0 million pink and 2.4 million chum salmon.

Seine effort during the August 12–13 period included 80 boats in District 4, 45 in District 1, 32 in District 3, and 20 in District 2. The largest harvests occurred in District 4 with 1.4 million salmon harvested, District 1 with 870,000, District 3 with 520,000, District 2 with 360,000, and District 6 with 218,000 salmon harvested. Pink salmon harvest per boat was highest in District 1 with 19,000 fish, District 2 with 17,500 fish, District 3 and 4 with 16,000 fish, Section 9-B with 16,000 fish, and Section 13-A with 15,000 fish per boat. Chum salmon harvest per boat was highest in Section 13-B/Deep Inlet with 1,750 fish and Section 9-B with 700 fish per boat.

Drift Gillnet Fishery
Traditional area drift gillnet fisheries occur in Districts 1, 6, 8, 11, and 15.

Tree Point/Section 1-B
The Tree Point drift gillnet fishery was open for five days starting at 12:01 p.m., Sunday, August 10, 2014. The effort level was below average with 25 vessels participating.  The harvest was average for sockeye and coho and above average for pink salmon. Total harvest estimate for the week is 5 Chinook, 3,000 sockeye, 2,600 coho, 75,000 pink, and 5,000 chum salmon.  Beginning on July 20, the Tree Point drift gillnet fishery has been managed according to the District One pink salmon management plan (5AAC 33.360).  The District 1 purse seine fishery will get at least three fishing days in statistical week 33, so the Tree Point gillnet fishery will be open for five days, beginning at 12:01 p.m., Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Prince of Wales and Stikine/Districts 6 and 8
Management focus of the District 6 and 8 gillnet fishery for this week's opener beginning August 10 was based on pink salmon abundance. Both districts opened for 96 hours with a reported decrease in participants. Pink salmon catches in District 6 continue to be well above average, while the catches in District 8 continue to be below average. Both districts will open for 96 hours beginning Sunday, August 17. Observations of pink salmon escapements indicate escapements vary greatly throughout the Districts 6 and 8 gillnet area. Pink salmon escapement is generally very good in the southern portions and mediocre to date in the northern and eastern areas. Focus for the Districts 6 and 8 gillnet fisheries will transition from pink salmon abundance to wild coho salmon abundance in late August or early September. 

The most recent Stikine River sockeye salmon inseason abundance estimate is 227,000 fish, well above the 152,000 fish preseason forecast. The last inseason assessment for Stikine River king salmon made on June 20 was for a terminal run size of 26,000 fish.

Taku-Snettisham/Section 11-B
The District 11 opening this week began with a significant uptick in effort from previous weeks.  Opening the entrance of Port Snettisham, to increase opportunity for targeting the enhanced sockeye return, resulted in 85 boats motoring into the district with the hopes of a Speel Arm SHA opportunity on the minds of most.  With not yet half of the minimum escapement goal of wild sockeye through the Speel Lake weir and high water delaying the passage of fish, it soon became obvious that an SHA opening was not likely and effort decreased substantially in the latter portion of the opening.  Even with the increased effort, the total number of boats fishing this week was only slightly higher than a recent ten-year average.

Overall, sockeye and coho catch rates were near average.  The vast majority of effort was targeting enhanced Port Snettisham fish and boats in and near Taku Inlet had a lot of shoreline to choose from.  Coho catch rates for those boats fishing outside of Port Snettisham were above average and combined with strong inriver indicators in the fishwheels and Canadian fishery, the Taku River coho run appears to be off to a good start.  District 11 management will transition into coho management next week, although most of the fleet will likely be targeting enhanced sockeye.

District 11 will open for three days next week with the same lines as this week.  As usual, close attention will be paid to Speel Lake sockeye escapement and if significant passage of fish occurs into the lake, a Speel Arm SHA opening may be announced.  An opening would be announced on the grounds via VHF radio and would give at least six hours of notice to allow boats fishing in the district time to travel into the area.

Lynn Canal/District 15
The District 15 fishery was open for three days with the upper Chilkoot and Lutak inlets open for an additional two days. The fishing effort was above average, with 75 boat participating. Sockeye salmon harvests declined from the previous week, and were slightly below average. Pink and chum salmon harvests were also below average, while the coho salmon harvest came in a bit above average.  The harvest estimate for this week is 10 Chinook, 12,000 sockeye, 1,100 coho, 13,000 pink, and 3,400 chum salmon.

With just over 30,000 sockeye salmon counted through the Chilkat Lake weir, escapement is under average for this time but still projecting an escapement within the goal range. High water conditions and a flow reversal at the Chilkat Lake weir are affecting fish movement. The Chilkoot Lake weir counts are currently over 97,000 fish and well above the upper end of the escapement goal range. We are starting fall season management next week, with a focus on chum and coho salmon, but much of the fishing effort is expected to continue to focus on sockeye salmon.

Both Section 15-A and 15-C will open for two days this week, with an additional 3 days of fishing time in the upper Chilkoot and Lutak inlets. Section 15-A will open south of the terminus of the Chilkoot River on the east side, and the north line on the west side will now be the Glacier Point/Twin Coves line. All of section 15-C will open, except for an area on the west side closed to protect wild chum and pink salmon stocks.  The outside waters of the Boat Harbor Terminal Harvest Area will close with the rest of 15-C this week, but the inside of Boat Harbor itself will remain open until further notice.

Yakutat Area Setnet Fishery
All fisheries in the Yakutat Area have remained slow this week. With the exception of the East River, the sockeye salmon run is basically over, and coho salmon have just started to show in numbers.  Permits are also fighting very inclement weather, and effort has remained low. The Alsek and Dangerous rivers were fished by fewer than three permits, and harvest information for those systems remains confidential. The Akwe River and the Manby Shore inside and outside waters were open, but not fished this week. In Yakutat Bay, eight permits harvested fewer than 100 coho and 800 pink salmon. In the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet, 30 permits harvested 2,000 coho and 1,500 pink salmon. The East River is still targeting sockeye salmon, but inclement weather and subsequent flooding has adversely affected fishing efficiency. Seven permits in the East River harvested fewer than 200 sockeye salmon. The Italio River systems may be opened by emergency order when coho salmon escapement counts have been observed.

Approximately 102,000 sockeye and 475 large Chinook salmon passed through the Situk River weir and the weir has been removed for the season. The BEG has been attained for both species, with 102,000 fish being over the top of the range for sockeye salmon, while 475 fish is just over the bottom of the range for Chinook salmon. The Canadian weir on the Klukshu River has recorded 782 Chinook and 1,000 sockeye salmon through. The bottom end of the Chinook salmon BEG is 800 fish, and it is assumed that goal will be attained.  It remains too early to project the final weir count for sockeye salmon. The coho salmon return to Yakutat this year is expected to be average to slightly above average. Coho salmon escapement surveys will commence in the Yakutat Area when the weather improves.

Terminal Harvest Area Fisheries
Terminal Harvest Area (THA) gillnet fisheries occur in Nakat Inlet, Neets Bay, Anita Bay, Deep Inlet, and Boat Harbor.  THA seine fisheries occur in Neets Bay, Kendrick Bay, Anita Bay, Deep Inlet, and Hidden Falls. 

Nakat Inlet THA
The forecasted return of Nakat Inlet summer chum salmon is 280,000 and for fall chum salmon is 10,000. Nakat Inlet opened to the harvest of salmon by drift gillnet and troll gear on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The total estimated harvest is 173,000 chum salmon, or 62% of the forecast.  Harvest includes 68,000 gillnet-harvested chum salmon inside the Nakat Inlet THA, plus approximately 91,000 gillnet-harvested and 14,000 purse seine-harvested chum salmon in traditional common property fisheries.

Neets Bay THA
The Neets Bay forecasted return for summer chum salmon is 1,800,000, for fall chum salmon is 140,000, for Chinook salmon is 18,100, and for coho salmon is 296,000. Neets Bay opened to the harvest of salmon by all gear groups on Thursday, May 1, 2014. The estimated harvest of chum salmon inside the Neets Bay THA is 6,100 Chinook salmon and 3,300 chum salmon by purse seine and 3,200 Chinook salmon and 900 chum salmon harvested by gillnet.  In the traditional common property fisheries, the estimated harvest of Neets Bay summer chum salmon is approximately 161,000 seine-harvested chums, 53,000 gillnet-harvested chum salmon and 102,000 harvested by the troll fleet.  Cost recovery to date has harvested approximately 300,000 chum salmon with another 120,000 for broodstock needs.

Kendrick Bay THA
The forecasted return for Kendrick Bay summer chum salmon is 700,000. Kendrick Bay opened to the harvest of salmon by purse seine gear on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The total harvest is estimated at 393,000 chum salmon, or 56% of the forecast.  Of this harvest, approximately 100,000 have been harvested inside the Kendrick Bay THA and 277,000 have been harvested by seine and 16,000 by gillnet outside the THA in common property fisheries. 

Anita Bay THA
Anita Bay THA: In 2014, approximately 501,000 summer chum, 15,400 king, and 15,500 coho salmon are expected to return. The cumulative gillnet harvest to date is 7,000 king salmon and 40,000 chum salmon.

Deep Inlet THA
The Deep Inlet THA rotational fishing schedule for seine and gillnet began on June 1.  Forecast returns for the Deep Inlet THA and Medvejie Hatchery includes 1,170,000 chum salmon, 36,200 Chinook salmon, and 10,000 coho salmon.  Deep Inlet will close to all common property commercial fisheries beginning 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 16 and will remain in effect until further notice.  This closure is to ensure NSRAA achieves their broodstock goals this season. To date seiners have harvested 355,000 chum salmon and gillnetters have harvested 197,000 chum salmon.  

Hidden Falls THA
Forecast returns for Hidden Falls THA includes 1,072,000 chum salmon, 6,100 king salmon, and 188,000 coho salmon.  The first common property purse seine opening occurred on June 15 and closed for the season on July 31.  The total common property chum salmon harvest for the season is approximately 250,000.  The total return to date is 426,000 chum salmon.

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Purse Seine
Much of PWS was opened to commercial purse seine fishing on Saturday, August 9. The PWS purse seine fishery has been closed since that date to allow for hatchery escapement progress at PWSAC facilities.

Weather has grounded the PWS aerial survey program in recent days. Pink and chum salmon escapements elsewhere in PWS were near anticipated levels for the date following a flight on Friday, August 1.

An aerial survey of the Southeastern District and portions of the Eastern District was flown on Sunday. Stream escapements were near anticipated levels for the date. Pink and chum salmon escapements elsewhere in PWS were near anticipated levels for the date following a flight on Friday, August 1. Otolith contribution estimates indicate that 1.78 million wild pink salmon have been harvested in PWS in 2014.

VFDA began its cost recovery sales program on Monday, June 23, and completed its goal on Sunday, July 13. VFDA reports adequate broodstock escapement at the head of Port Valdez, and anticipates being 74% complete towards its final egg take goal by the end of Thursday, August 13.

PWSAC began its pink salmon cost recovery program on July 23, and completed its goal on Saturday, August 2. Pink salmon sex ratios samples collected from recent PWS commercial harvests indicate that the PWSAC returns were early, and likely less than forecast. PWSAC reports pink salmon escapement estimates at PWSAC facilities on August 13 as follows: 165,000–180,000 pink salmon in the AFK HEEZ; 160,000–200,000 in the CCH SHA; and, 222,000–255,000 in the Wally Norenberg Hatchery (WNH) special harvest area (SHA). Pink salmon escapement goals for each facility are 309,000 pink salmon at AFK; 357,000 at CCH; and, 283,000 at WNH. The department and PWSAC have implemented an extended closure for PWS purse seine fishery to ensure that hatchery escapement goals are met.

An estimated 3.53 million pink salmon were harvested on August 3; at least 1.69 million on August 4; 1.83 million on August 5; 1.72 million on August 6; 1.21 million on August 7; and, 639,000 on August 9. Including CPF harvest estimates through August 7, VFDA cost recovery fish, and PWSAC cost recovery fish, the cumulative PWS pink salmon harvest to date is approximately 41.5 million pink salmon.

Otolith contribution estimates result in a total harvest (cost recovery and CPF) of 24.3 million SGH pink salmon. This is a record harvest for SGH pink salmon. The preseason total run forecast for SGH was 12.9 million pink salmon. VFDA anticipates being 74% complete towards its final egg take goal at SGH by the end of today, with approximately 172 million eggs collected. VFDA has recommended a continued closure of Port Valdez, and does not anticipate a Port Valdez cleanup fishery at this time.

Otolith contribution estimates result in a total harvest (cost recovery and CPF) of 4.21 million AFK pink salmon, 4.42 million CCH fish, and 6.76 million WNH fish, for a total harvest of 15.4 million PWSAC pink salmon. The preseason total run forecast for PWSAC pink salmon was 21.2 million fish, including 7 million AFK, 4.9 million CCH, and 9.3 million WNH.

Gillnet
The Copper River District was opened to commercial fishing for a 36-hour fishing period on August 7 and 11. These were the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth fishing periods of the 2014 season. The Copper River District is closed August 14 as the department begins coho salmon management. The Bering River and Eshamy Districts were open on the same schedule as the Copper River District. The Coghill District was open to commercial drift gillnet and purse seine harvest for a 14-hour period on Saturday, August 9.

For the week ending August 2, the actual Copper River delta aerial survey count was 34,825 sockeye salmon versus an anticipated range of 32,568–76,979.

Currently there are an estimated 20 drift gillnet and a few set gillnet permits participating in CR/PWS gillnet fisheries. There are no processing capacity problems to report. Gillnet fishing effort is low and will increase again once coho salmon fishing begins in the Copper River, Bering River and Coghill districts.

The harvest estimate from the Thursday, August 7 36-hour Copper River District period was 1,650 sockeye and 542 coho salmon. The harvest estimate from the Monday, August 11 36-hour period was 1,600 sockeye and 5,450 coho salmon. The cumulative Copper River District harvest to date is 2.07 million sockeye salmon. The sockeye salmon runs are near completion at this time, and coho salmon harvest is increasing. Coghill District chum salmon harvest is now complete. Eshamy District sockeye salmon harvest is nearly complete and MBH eggtakes are underway.

The Coghill gillnet fishery has remained closed due to a lack of pink salmon broodstock at WNH.

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Ugashik District
In Ugashik: Through July 16 cumulative escapement is 517,000 and within the escapement goal range of 500,000 to 1.2 million. Cumulative catch is 1.3 million. The counting tower will remain operational until July 27 and the in river test fishery ended on July 17. Commercial fishing will be permitted on a continuous basis until 9:00 a.m. Monday July 28 when the fall schedule will take effect.

Egegik District
In Egegik: Through July 16 cumulative escapement is 1.38 million, within the escapement goal range of 800,000 to 1.4 million. Cumulative harvest is 6.69 million. All assessment projects are coming in from the field on July 17. Commercial fishing was permitted based on a continuous basis until 9:00 am on Monday July 28 when the fall schedule of 9:00 a.m. Monday to 9:00 am Friday will take effect.

Naknek-Kvichak District
The Naknek-Kvichak District is on the fall schedule of 9:00 a.m. Monday through 9:00 a.m. Friday. Harvest during this stat week was 8 sockeye; 54 pink; and 3 coho salmon.

Nushagak District
Pink harvest is definitely dropping but coho salmon harvest surged on August 12. While harvest information remains confidential it has been above average. There is only one buyer remaining at this time.

Coho and pink escapement surpassed all expectations. Counting operations will cease on August 16.

Participation is difficult to gauge with 15 drift deliveries on August 11 and 55 on August 12. Set net effort is also difficult to determine with 22 deliveries on August 11 and 34 on August 12.

Pink and coho harvest remains confidential but is above expectations. Daily pink harvest is small at this point.

Togiak District
Plan on following the regular weekly schedule in Togiak this week.

he counting tower project on Togiak Lake ceased operations after August 3.  The final escapement to the Togiak River was 152,000 sockeye salmon.  This is within the escapement goal range of 120,000 to 270,000.

Sockeye salmon harvest is all but done. There is some effort still and pink and coho salmon harvest is progressing. It seems to be on the front end of the coho salmon harvest still and pink salmon harvest looks to be dropping off.

Harvest is confidential at this point.

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Upper Cook Inlet (UCI)
Currently there are seven commercial fisheries underway in Upper Cook Inlet. Participation in the commercial fisheries that are open so far in Upper Cook Inlet is about normal (Chinitna Bay and Kustatan Subdistricts have received very little participation since their opening).

  • Central District Drift Gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays – 12 hour periods.
  • Western Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays – 12 hours.
  • Northern District Set Gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays – 12 hour periods.
  • Upper Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery: Kasilof and Kenai/E. Forelands sections are closed for the 2014 season.
  • Kalgin Island Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays – 12 hour periods.

The Kasilof River sockeye salmon enumeration project began on June 15.  Through August 7, the cumulative sockeye salmon passage in the Kasilof River is approximately 440,000 fish.  This is above the upper end of the OEG and BEG. Sockeye salmon enumeration in the Kasilof River has ended for the 2014 season.

The Kenai River sockeye salmon enumeration project began on July 1.  Through August 4, the cumulative sockeye salmon passage was 1,090,000 fish.  This level of passage is above the lower end of the inriver goal (1,000,000 to 1,200,000 fish).  Beginning August 5, daily passage values are not being report in the Kenai River due to the high abundance of pink salmon at the sonar site.  Values will be reported post season.

Participation in the four commercial fisheries that are open so far in Upper Cook Inlet is about normal. 

The Northern District Set Gillnet fishery regular season opened on June 26.  Harvest since the June 26 opening is approximately 35,000 sockeye salmon and 94 king salmon.

The Western Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery opened on Monday, June 16.  Approximately 84 king salmon and 33,755 sockeye salmon have been harvested since the opening period.

The Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery opened on Thursday, June 19.  Harvest is estimated at 1,482,000 sockeye salmon and 302 king salmon. This includes 8,300 sockeye salmon and 11 king salmon from the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area.

Upper Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery has harvested and estimated at 705,000 sockeye salmon and 2,055 king salmon as of August 11. This includes 180,000 sockeye salmon and 550 king salmon from the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area.

Kalgin Island Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery has harvested an estimated 29,000 sockeye salmon and 10 king salmon since the regular season opened on June 26.

The Central District drift gillnet fishery is restricted to Drift Gillnet Areas 3 and 4 for the remainder of the 2014 season. 

Lower Cook Inlet (LCI)
Southern District- The Southern District remain open to commercial set gillnet harvest on a schedule of regular 48-hour Monday and Thursday fishing periods. Harvest in recent periods of sockeye and chum salmon has declined. Total harvest from the first seventeen set gillnet fishing periods combined is 31,359 sockeye, 295 Chinook and 5,246 Chum salmon.  This compares to last year's harvest of 38,175 sockeye, 234 Chinook and 2,685 chum salmon for the first seventeen fishing periods. The ten year average for the first seventeen fishing periods combined is 32,954 sockeye, 737 Chinook, and 3,401 chum salmon. Portions of the Southern District outside of specil harvest areas (SHA) opened to commercial common property purse seine harvest on June 23 on a Monday and Thursday, 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM fishing schedule.  This was increased to a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule beginning on July 14. Harvest of sockeye salmon returning to the Tutka Bay Hatchery has been above expectations with 5,200 English Bay stock fish harvested for brood and 33,000 for cost recovery as of Thursday, August 7. Preliminary estimates of the common property harvest in the Southern District are 37,000 sockeye, 41,000 pink and 2,800 chum salmon.

Kamishak Bay District-  Poor weather conditions since the beginning of August have curtailed fishing effort in Kamishak Bay, as well as prevented aerial surveys of index streams in this area by department staff. Preliminary estimates of the common property harvest in the Kamishak Bay District is 16,000 sockeye,  40,000 pink, and 1,700 chum salmon harvested.

Outer District- Aerial surveys conducted on 7/2 – 7/4 identified early and significant returns of pink and chum salmon to Port Dick and surrounding areas. Portions of the Outer District have opened to common property purse seine harvest on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule of daily 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM openings that began on Monday, July 14. Ground and aerial surveys in recent weeks have identified pink and chum salmon stocks that are generally tracking to fall within Sustainable Escapement Goals for index streams. Poor weather in recent weeks has restricted fishing effort and prevented ground and aerial surveys of this area by department staff.

Eastern District- Portions of the Eastern District opened to common property harvest targeting returning hatchery produced sockeye in Resurrection Bay on Tuesday, June 24 for daily Monday - Friday 16-hour fishing periods. Reported common property harvest is approximately 5,000 fish. Cost recovery harvest from this location by Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) through Tuesday, July 1 is approximately 124,000 sockeye salmon (538,000 pounds). These fish are valued at approximately 50% of the 2014 CIAA cost recovery goal of $2.9 million dollars. The balance of this goal will be harvested from other Special Harvest Areas in Lower Cook Inlet.

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Kodiak

The following areas closed at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday August 14: The Outer Karluk and Sturgeon, Halibut Bay sections of the Southwest Kodiak District, the Northwest Kodiak District, the Afognak District, and the Northeast Kodiak District

The northern portion of the Humpy-Deadman section of the Alitak District and the Spiridon Bay Special Harvest Area also closed at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday August 14.

Karluk River late-run sockeye salmon escapement is strong with approximately 52,652 fish to date.   The Karluk River Chinook salmon run is weak and non-retention of Chinook salmon has been imposed on the seine fleet.

Ayakulik River late-run sockeye salmon appear weak with approximately 33,037 fish counted through the weir to date.  Ayakulik Chinook are weak.

In Alitak, late-run sockeye salmon escapement into Upper Station is weak with 22,620 sockeye salmon counted to date. Sockeye salmon escapement through Dog Salmon weir is strong with 215,094 fish counted to date.

The Buskin, Afognak, Saltery, and Pauls river sockeye salmon runs are tracking above or within the desired escapement range for this date.  There is little or no early information sockeye runs at Kaflia, Swikshak, Uganik, Little River, Long Lagoon, Thorsheim, Perenosa Bay, and other minor sockeye systems.

Purse seine participation is up from previous years however gillnet participation about normal.

The current Kodiak Management Area (KMA) sockeye salmon commercial harvest is 2,093,773 fish which is average to date.  9,314,734 pink salmon have been harvested to date which is below average.

There have been no significant developments.

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North Peninsula
Weekly scheduled fishing periods are occurring in the Nelson Lagoon Section from Monday, August 11 until Friday, August 15. The Port Moller Bight, a portion of the Bear River, Three Hills, and Ilnik sections opened to commercial salmon fishing on August 11 and will remain open until August 21. That portion of the Bear River Section around Bear River is closed to allow fish to enter into the river. Weekly fishing period also occurred in the Black Hills Section but no effort is occurring.

Ilnik River weir was pulled for the season as scheduled on July 11 with over 58,000 sockeye salmon through the weir for the season, meeting the escapement goal of 40,000-60,000 fish.  Bear River has passed a total of 346,000 sockeye salmon through the weir as of August 13. The late Bear River sockeye salmon run which begins on August 1 has an escapement goal through August 25 of 87,000-165,000 fish and as of August 13, 95,000 are counted toward this goal. The daily escapement counts at Bear River are good for this date averaging 12,500 per day over the last three days.   The July 31 early Bear River run escapement goal is 176,000-293,000 sockeye salmon and the July 31 Bear River escapement was 259,00 sockeye salmon.  The Sandy River weir was removed for the season as scheduled on July 21 with over 54,000 sockeye salmon, meeting the season ending escapement goal of 34,000-74,000 fish. The Nelson River was removed for the season on July 23 with 237,400 sockeye salmon and exceeded the season ending goal of 97,000-219,000 fish by July 25. Aerial survey on Meshik River showed about 109,000 sockeye salmon, exceeding the upper goal of 100,000 fish. Final aerial surveys on sockeye salmon systems without weirs have been conducted and all systems met or exceeded objectives.

Fishing effort is occurring in the Nelson Lagoon Section. The Nelson Lagoon commercial fishery sockeye salmon is almost complete and is transitioning to coho salmon management. About 55 boats are fishing the Bear River late run sockeye salmon run. The Inner Port Heiden and Cinder River sections are open for the weekly fishing periods, however, no effort has occurred in either section this season. The entire North Peninsula sockeye salmon harvest is approximately 1.73 million fish.

Harvest levels for this date are about average or less than average in most areas but better than recent years when runs were low. Escapements are stronger in most locations for this date than in recent years.

The Ocean River, a tributary of the Ilnik River, is flowing directly into the Ilnik Lagoon this year. Aerial surveys are occurring on river systems that do not have weirs.

South Peninsula
No commercial salmon fishing openings have occurred on the South Alaska Peninsula during this reporting period.  A commercial salmon fishing opening will occur in the Deer Island Section of the Southwestern District from 8:00 a.m. Saturday, August 16 until further notice.

The Orzinski River weir was removed on August 10, with a final escapement of 13,600 sockeye salmon and 12,541 pink salmon. The sockeye salmon escapement of 13,600 fish is below the escapement goal of 15,000–20,000 fish. Several aerial surveys have been conducted in the Southwestern, South Central, and Southeastern districts over the past week.  Significant buildup of pink salmon in the Deer Island Section warrants a commercial salmon opening, and no other significant buildup of pink or chum salmon have been seen in any other systems at this point in the season.

This season participation in the Post-June fisheries is consistent with previous years.

Direct comparisons to past seasons are difficult as the July scheduled was modified at the 2013 BOF meeting, but area wide post-June harvest of sockeye salmon appears to be greater than previous year's average harvest and all other salmon species harvest seems to be in line with previous years.  No harvest has occurred in August.  So far during the Post June schedule, 4,582 Chinook, 732,861 sockeye, 485,240 pink, 274,972 coho, and 112,552 chum salmon were harvested in the South Peninsula.

No significant developments occurred during the last week. 

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Chignik

The most current commercial salmon fishing period in the Chignik Bay, Central, Western, and Perryville districts began on Monday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. and closed at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 10.  For the past week, sockeye salmon escapement into the Chignik River averaged 3,177 fish per day. Through August 14, 227,811 late-run sockeye salmon have passed the weir and the August 15 interim late-run escapement objective is 199,000 –343,000 fish.

The estimated cumulative early-run sockeye salmon escapement was 360,424 fish which was within the early-run escapement goal of 350,000–450,000 fish.

Aerial surveys of other Chignik Management Area (CMA) streams and rivers have indicated healthy escapements of local pink and chum salmon stocks in the Central, Western, and Perryville districts. Low to moderate pink and chum salmon escapement have been observed in Eastern District streams.  The area-wide pink odd-year pink salmon goal (200,000 to 500,000 fish) is expected to be met within the next two weeks and the chum salmon sustainable escapement goal lower bound has been met. 

A total of 67 permits have made deliveries in 2014.

For the week of August 7 through August 14, approximately 853 Chinook, 32,492 sockeye, 25,662 coho, 51,002 pink, and 5,402 chum salmon were harvested. The majority of fishing effort occurred in the Chignik Bay, Central and Western districts.

A total of 573,402 sockeye salmon have been harvested in the CMA this season.

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Yukon River
Based on the 2014 summer chum salmon run, the projected fall chum salmon run size is greater than 850,000 fish. This level of abundance should be adequate to meet escapement and subsistence priorities and provide for commercial harvest.

There have been four fall commercial periods in District 1. The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest in District 1 through July 28 is approximately 26,500 fall chum salmon and 872 coho salmon. Three fall commercial periods have occurred in District 2. The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest in District 2 through August 3 is approximately 26,100 fall chum salmon and 1,019 coho salmon. No commercial openings have been announced in either district since August 3 because of the low number of fall chum salmon currently entering Yukon River.. Once the number of fall chum salmon entering the river increases, commercial fishing in both districts should resume.

Additionally, a fall chum directed commercial fishery has been announced in Subdistricts 5-B and 5-C. A five-day commercial period began on August 12. There has been no harvest to date.

The summer chum salmon commercial season has concluded. The preliminary summer chum salmon commercial harvest for the Lower Yukon is approximately 427,350 fish with 5,440 Chinook salmon caught and released and 440 Chinook salmon reported caught but not sold. Additionally 54,600 pink salmon were sold in the commercial fishery. 

This is the highest summer chum salmon commercial harvest in the Lower Yukon districts since 1989.

The preliminary summer chum salmon commercial harvest for the Upper Yukon is approximately 103,300 fish with 534 Chinook salmon caught and release and 11 Chinook salmon reported caught but not sold.

Kuskokwim Area
District W-4, Quinhagak, and District W-5, Goodnews Bay, opened to commercial salmon fishing August 8, August 11, and August 13, for 12 hours from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. A commercial salmon fishing period has been announced for August 13.

Sub-district W-1B, Kuskokwim River, opened to commercial salmon fishing August 11, for 6 hours from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A commercial salmon fishing period has been announced for August 14.

Kuskokwim River weir escapements of king and chum salmon are near or below recent 5-year averages. George River weir has exceeded the escapement goal for king salmon, while the Kogruluk and Kwethluk weirs are not likely to achieve the lower end of their respective escapement goal ranges. Weir escapements of sockeye salmon are slightly below 5-year averages. Coho salmon have recently started to be enumerated at upriver escapement projects. Kuskokwim Bay weir escapements of king and chum salmon are below 5-year averages. Middle Fork Goodnews River and Kanektok River weirs have exceeded the upper bound of the sockeye salmon escapement goal range. Coho salmon passage at Kuskokwim Bay escapement projects has followed the recent year trends thus far. Further information on run strength and timing will become available in coming weeks with continued passage at escapement projects. 

Participation in districts W-4 and W-5 salmon fishing periods was above average with 80 permits registered making deliveries in District W-4 and 39 permits registered making deliveries in District W-5.  

Participation in sub-district W-1B was below average with 187 permits registered making deliveries.

District W-4 preliminary harvest on August 8 was 26 king, 425 sockeye, 168 chum, and 4,682 coho salmon. District W-4 preliminary harvest on August 11 was 14 king, 299 sockeye, 112 chum, and 5,500 coho salmon. District W-4 preliminary harvest on August 13 was 12 king, 241 sockeye, 115 chum, and 7,358 coho salmon. District W-5 preliminary harvest on August 8 was 2 king, 435 sockeye, 39 chum, and 2,428 coho salmon. District W-5 preliminary harvest on August 11 was 4 king, 336 sockeye, 54 chum, and 5,528 coho salmon. District W-5 preliminary harvest on August 13 was 7 king, 446 sockeye, 23 chum, and 5,363 coho salmon. Districts W-4 and W-5 harvest and catch rates for sockeye and coho salmon were above 5-year averages. Harvest and catch rates for chum salmon were below 5-year averages.

Sub-district W-1B preliminary harvest on August 11 was 1 king, 116 sockeye, 170 chum, and 23,999 coho salmon. Harvest and catch rates for king, chum, and sockeye salmon were below average for this date. Harvest and catch rates for coho salmon were average for this date.

Norton Sound
57,000 chum salmon, 101,500 chum salmon, and 179,000 pink salmon harvested in the Norton Sound commercial salmon fishery this season thus far. The chum salmon harvest is the fourth time out of 5 years in which the harvest has exceeded 100,000 fish. The coho salmon harvest is on track to approach or exceed 90,000 cohos this season.

Kotzebue
Kotzebue crossed over the half million chum salmon harvest mark for the first time since 1985 and for the first time since 1988 the value of the fishery has gone over one million. The ex-vessel value may be three million plus this year. On Tuesday some airplane mechanical issues and a surprise afternoon announcement that the Kotzebue airport would be closed for the next three nights for 6 hours each night starting Tuesday night for contractor work left buyers scrambling trying to get fish out. One report from a buyer was that planes that take the fish out had some concern that they would get stuck in Kotzebue with the closure. After some back and forth with D.O.T. they postponed the closure start until the following night. D.O.T. has announced 3 additional night time closures of the airport that will end after Tuesday night's closure unless the contractor needs more time. The buyer who has been buying approximately half the harvest each fishing period has announced they are suspending buying until the airport reopens. There was no fishing on Wednesday and a short 3-hour period tonight (Thursday) to see if the remaining two buyers can get the fish out. No processing occurs in Kotzebue as it's all buy and fly.

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