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2015 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 Friday, June 26, 2015

Southeast Alaska

Troll Fishery
A total of 41 spring troll and terminal harvest areas have been opened to trolling since April 16. Through June 25 (week 26), approximately 532 permit holders have made 3,069 landings. This is an increase of 6 permits from 2014, and right at the 5-year average of 532.

Purse Seine Fishery
The first purse seine opening was on Sunday, June 21 for four days in a portion of lower District 2 along the Prince of Wales Island shoreline near Kendrick Bay from McLean Point Light to Polk Island. The first 15-hour openings also occurred on Sunday, June 21, at Hidden Falls, Tenakee Inlet, and Point Augusta.  Forty-two seine boats were present at the Hidden Falls Terminal Harvest Area harvesting 25,000 pink and 12,500 chum salmon. Twenty-nine boats were present at the spring Kendrick Bay fishery harvesting 19,000 chum, 1,300 pink, 1,200 coho, and 600 sockeye salmon. Fifteen boats were reported at the Point Augusta index fishery harvesting 16,000 pink and 3,000 chum salmon. The Tenakee Inlet harvest was confidential.

The first openings in District 10, Section 7-A, and Section 13-C will occur Sunday, June 28. Initial openings in Districts 1 and 4 can be expected on Sunday, July 5.

The ADF&G pink salmon harvest forecast is 58 million fish, with an 80% confidence interval range of 37–79 million. This is above the recent 10-year average harvest of 38.4 million fish.  Based primarily on combined hatchery chum salmon forecasts, total returns of 9.3 million fish are expected.

During 2013, the pink salmon parent year, the common property purse seine harvest of 88.8 million pink salmon was a record harvest for the period 1960–2013 and well above the 10-year average (2003–2012) of 34.5 million. Escapements in 2013 were within the BEG range in the Northern Southeast Inside Sub-region and above the BEG range in the Southern Southeast and Northern Southeast Outside Sub-regions. Management targets were met or exceeded in all 14 districts and only one stock group in the region, Freshwater Bay in District 12, fell below the management target range. The department is prepared to provide additional fishing opportunity when appropriate to harvest surplus returns.

Drift Gillnet Fishery
Traditional Southeast 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 four days starting at 12:01 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2015. The effort level of 40 was below the 10-year average of 51 vessels. The total harvest was below average for all species except coho salmon. Total estimate for weekly harvest is 3,200 sockeye, 1,000 coho, 2,500 pink, and 8,000 chum salmon. Current Nass River return estimates for Sockeye are strong, however the water levels in the Nass are low. The poor harvest rate in Alaska and Canadian Area 3 fisheries indicate the estimate, based on Nass River fish wheels may be high. With low effort in the Tree Point fishery we will continue with a four day opening beginning at 12:01 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2015.

The following information about the Nakat Inlet, Neets Bay, and Kendrick Bay terminal harvest areas (THA) is estimated through Statistical Week 20. For further information and updates on SSRAA contributions and updates visit the SSRAA website.

Stikine and Prince of Wales/Districts 6 and 8
Districts 6 and 8 opened for drift gillnet fishing for an initial 72-hour period on Sunday, June 21. On the grounds surveys indicated a very low effort and near average sockeye salmon catch rates in both districts. Considering these factors, both districts were extended for 24 hours. The preseason forecast for Stikine River sockeye salmon is 171,200 fish, just below the previous 10-year average. The first Stikine River sockeye salmon inseason abundance estimate is expected in early July. Sockeye salmon runs to local systems are expected to be average.  Both districts will open for an initial 96 hours beginning Sunday, June 28.

Taku-Snettisham/Section 11-B
The District 11 drift gillnet fishery opened for three days of fishing at noon on Sunday, June 21.  This was the first three-day inaugural opening of the season since 2010 and was due to more robust Taku River Chinook salmon abundance and an above-average Taku River sockeye salmon run forecast.  All of Section 11-B was open, excluding Port Snettisham, with no mesh restrictions in place.

Approximately 60 boats participated in this week's fishery which was above the recent ten-year average.  More than one-third of this boat total showed up on the second day of the fishery after moving down from the District 15 gillnet fishery to the north.  Chum salmon catch rates were driving this influx of boats and word of the 600+ fish per boat average on the first day spread fast.  Total chum salmon harvest for the week will likely set a new District 11 record with an estimated 80,000 fish harvested.  Coho and pink salmon catch rates were also well above average for the week and sockeye salmon catch rates were well below average. 

Chum and sockeye salmon were on the small side while pink salmon were larger than average.  Most fishermen were lamenting the prices they were seeing on fish tickets which took a downturn across all species from last season.  Fortunately, the early chum salmon abundance greatly increased the poundage for most.

The first inseason Taku River sockeye salmon terminal run estimate was produced earlier this week and resulted in an escapement projection well below the bottom of the escapement goal range.  This first estimate was calculated with minimal data and expectations are for a significant increase next week.  Both Canyon Island fish wheel and Canadian commercial gillnet inriver sockeye salmon catches are near the recent ten-year average.  

With a large gillnet fleet positioned in the northern part of the region, very appealing chum salmon catch rates from this week, and a none-too-solid sign of sockeye abundance, District 11 will start with two days of fishing at noon on Sunday, June 28.   

Lynn Canal/District 15
Sockeye escapements to date for Chilkoot and Chilkat River are below average at this time and effort levels are well above average in the commercial fishery. A total of 145 boats fished Lynn Canal in SW 26. Harvests included 2,800 sockeye, 300 coho, 26,500 pink and 73,000 chum salmon. The sockeye and chum salmon harvest was near the recent ten-year average and the coho and pink salmon harvest was well above average. The pink salmon harvest was the highest ever for this week in Lynn Canal. Chilkat Inlet will remain closed to all fisheries through July 15 to conserve Chilkat River Chinook salmon.

For week 27, the eastern side of Section 15-A will open for two days south and east of the latitude of the southernmost tip of Talsani Island to a point two nautical miles from the eastern shoreline of Sherman Rock to harvest pink and sockeye salmon while reducing the harvest rate on Chinook salmon. Section 15-C management will focus on harvesting hatchery chum salmon while providing escapement within goal ranges for wild northbound salmon stocks. This area will again open for two days south of the latitude of Point Bridget on the eastern shoreline and south of the latitude of Danger Point on the western shore. The inside area of the Boat Harbor Terminal Harvest Area (BHTHA) will remain open until further notice. The remainder of the BHTHA will open for two days south of the latitude of Danger Point. The entire area of the BHTHA will be open until further notice beginning in SW 28.

Yakutat Area Set Gillnet Fishery
In the Alsek River, 13 permits harvested 2,300 sockeye and 70 Chinook salmon.  The fishing period was extended to two days. In Yakutat Bay, 15 permits harvested 1,350 sockeye and 50 Chinook salmon. The Dangerous River was open this week, but was not fished. The Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet fishery opened for the season on Sunday, June 21 where 44 permits harvested 5,000 sockeye salmon. The Manby Shore fishery also opened on Sunday, and three permits harvested almost 600 sockeye. The remainder of the Yakutat District will open next week on the fourth Sunday in June. The East River and the Italio River systems will open by emergency order when escapement counts have been observed.

Sockeye salmon returns to the Yakutat Area in 2015 are expected to be average to above average. The 2015 preseason projection of a total return of 619 Chinook salmon to the Situk River is indicative of a below average return, and subsistence, sport, and commercial fisheries will be closed for Situk River Chinook salmon. These fisheries will reopen when Situk weir counts indicate the BEG will be attained. The preseason projection for Alsek River Chinook salmon indicates that the BEG for them will be attained.  The coho salmon return this year is also expected to be average to above average. 

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.

 The following information about the Nakat Inlet, Neets Bay, and Kendrick Bay terminal harvest areas (THA) is estimated through Statistical Week 20. For further information and updates on Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association  (SSRAA) contributions and updates visit the SSRAA website.

Nakat Inlet THA
The forecasted return of Nakat Inlet summer chum salmon is 220,000 and for fall chum salmon is 75,000. Nakat Inlet opened to the harvest of salmon by drift gillnet and troll gear on Monday, June 1, 2015. The current harvest in Nakat Inlet is confidential. For further information and updates on Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) contributions and updates visit the SSRAA website.

Neets Bay THA
The Neets Bay forecasted return for summer chum salmon is 1,180,000, for fall chum salmon is 210,000, for Chinook salmon is 21,500, and for coho salmon is 340,000. Neets Bay opened to the harvest of salmon by drift gillnet and purse seine on Friday, May 1, 2015 and is currently open on a rotation between drift gillnet and purse seine. The current harvest in Neets Bay is confidential. For further information and updates on SSRAA contributions and updates visit the SSRAA website.

Kendrick Bay THA
The forecasted return for Kendrick Bay summer chum salmon is 745,000. Kendrick Bay opened to the harvest of salmon by purse seine gear on Monday, June 15, 2014. The current harvest in Kendrick Bay is confidential. For further information and updates on SSRAA contributions and updates visit the SSRAA website.

Anita Bay THA
The 2015 Anita Bay THA forecast includes 370,000 summer chum and 47,000 coho salmon. The estimated harvest to date is 100 chum salmon.

Deep Inlet THA
The Deep Inlet THA rotational fisheries began May 31, with seine openings on Sunday and Wednesday, and gillnet openings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; harvest in both fisheries is confidential.  Forecast returns for Deep Inlet THA and Medvejie Hatchery includes 1,336,000 chum salmon, 27,500 king salmon, and 18,000 coho salmon.  This season NSRAA does not anticipate closing the Deep Inlet rotational fishery for cost recovery harvest. On June 21, 13 seiners harvested approximately 12,700 chum salmon.  Gillnet harvest is confidential for the two day opening on June 22-23. To date, gillnetters have harvested a total of 15,500 chum salmon, and seiners have harvested 22,600 chum salmon.

Hidden Falls THA
No cost recovery will occur at Hidden Falls this season. The first common property purse seine opening in the Hidden Falls THA is scheduled for June 21 with 15-hour openings expected to occur Sundays and Thursdays of each week during the early season.  Forecast returns for Hidden Falls THA includes 1,031,000 chum salmon, 5,400 king salmon, and 187,000 coho salmon.  On June 21, 42 seiners harvested approximately 12,500 chum salmon. 

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Prince William Sound (PWS)

Copper River and PWS Drift Gillnet
The Copper River District was opened to commercial fishing for a 48-hour fishing period on June 18, and a 36-hour fishing period on June 22. These were fishing periods 12 and 13 of the 2015 season. The next opening for the Copper River District is scheduled for 36 hours starting at 7:00 am on Thursday, June 25. The Coghill District opened to commercial drift gillnet harvest for a 36-hour period starting at 8:00 am on Thursday, June 18 and a 36-hour period on Monday, June 22. The Montague District opened to commercial drift gillnet harvest for an 84-hour period starting at 8:00 am on Thursday, June 18 and a 60-hour period on Monday, June 22. The Eshamy District opened to commercial gillnet harvest for a 24-hour period starting on Thursday, June 18 and a 24-hour period starting on Monday, June 22. The Unakwik District opened to commercial drift gillnet harvest for a 36-hour period starting on Thursday, June 18 and a 24-hour period starting on Monday, June 22.

Escapement monitoring at the Miles Lake Sonar Station for sockeye and Chinook salmon returns to the Copper started on May 8. To date, 880,000 salmon have been enumerated at the sonar site. Escapement monitoring at the Coghill River weir started on June 10. To date, 1,700 sockeye salmon have been enumerated at the weir.

Currently there are an estimated 350 drift gillnet permits participating in the Copper River District fishery. There are estimated to be 150 drift gillnet boats fishing in the Coghill and Eshamy District fisheries and 25 set gillnet permits participating in the Eshamy District fishery. There are no processing capacity problems to report at this point. Waters of the Chinook salmon closure area as defined in 5AAC 24.350(1)(A) were open during the Thursday and Monday periods this past week.

The Copper River District harvest estimate from the Thursday, June 18 48-hour period was 104,000 sockeye and 660 Chinook salmon. The harvest estimate from the Monday, June 22 36-hour period was 80,000 sockeye and 900 Chinook salmon. The anticipated harvest for the first opening was 75,000 sockeye salmon and for the second opening 107,000 sockeye salmon. The Chinook salmon anticipated harvest for the first opening was 120 fish and for second opening was 100 fish. To date, the cumulative Copper River District harvest is 1.15 million sockeye and 22,000 Chinook salmon. The 5-year cumulative harvest averages for the June 18 and June 22 harvest dates are 1.05 million and 1.14 million sockeye salmon 11,000 and 11,300 Chinook salmon, respectively. Commercial gillnet harvest in the Eshamy, Montague, and Coghill districts is currently below historical cumulative average harvest.

Forecasted low winds and small tides contributed to high fishing effort and good harvest efficiency during the twelfth and thirteenth periods. Break-up of the Copper River is complete and river water levels are near average.

Prince William Sound Purse Seine
In the Southwestern District, the Armin F. Koernig (AFK) Hatchery Terminal Harvest Area (THA) and Special Harvest Area (SHA) opened to commercial fishing periods on June 22 and June 25. Commercial fishing periods at the AFK THA and SHA will begin again on Monday, June 29, and Thursday, July 2. A regular schedule of two fishing periods per week is anticipated to remain in effect until further notice.

In eastern PWS, portions of the Eastern, Northern, and Southeastern districts were open to commercial fishing on Monday, June 22. An additional fishing period was scheduled to take place in portions of the Eastern and Southeastern districts on Thursday, June 25.

An aerial survey was conducted in eastern PWS on June 24. An increasing number of chum salmon were observed in streams, which is to be expected for the date. However, more pink salmon were observed in the vicinity of survey streams than would be expected for the date.

It is estimated that at least 80 purse seine permit holders participated in the Monday, June 22 commercial fishing period in eastern PWS. It is estimated that approximately 116,000 pink salmon were harvested in eastern PWS on Monday, June 22. This daily total is approximately 116% greater than the 10-year odd-year (1995—2013) average daily pink salmon harvest for the PWS management area.

Harvest reporting for the fishing period that ended on June 24 at the AFK Hatchery is not yet complete. Cumulative harvest at the AFK Hatchery through June 21 is 85,500 chum, 12,020 sockeye, 2,520 pink, 447 coho, and 73 Chinook salmon. PWSAC's anticipated cumulative chum salmon harvest through June 21 is 127,000 fish.

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Nushagak
In the Nushagak District fishing is occurring with both drift and set gillnets. This is the third drift opening. We hope to have daily openings for both gear groups. The first drift gillnet opening was Monday the 22nd. The first set gillnet opening started on Sunday the 21st. Escapement is ahead of the expected numbers for Nushagak king salmon and Nushagak, Wood and Igushik rivers have solid sockeye salmon escapement. As of Thursday, June 25th, 436 permits and 363 vessels are registered for the Nushagak District.

Harvest is 247,000 sockeye salmon and 18,000 king salmon.

Togaik
Commercial fishing is open in all sections as per the regular weekly schedule except the Togiak River Section schedule was reduced by one day. Next week the peak fishing schedule will see fishing in the Togiak River Section until the evening of July 4. The Togiak River counting towers will begin enumeration on July 4. Participation, while still light, picked up to anticipated levels for this third week of June.  Harvest remains low as expected at 4,400 sockeye salmon.

Egegik
Through June 23, cumulative harvest is 342,000 fish and cumulative escapement is 222,000 fish. The commercial fishery is being managed on inseason abundance and will continue based on escapement into the Egegik River.

The 2.2 age class is dominating the catch and similar to other areas of the state the fish are smaller than average for their age.

Ugashik
In Ugashik-through June 23, there have been a few deliveries but catch information is still confidential due to few buyers and fishermen. The inriver test fishery is operational and indexing low numbers but acceptable rates of passage into the Ugashik River. June 25 is the first full opening for the season and results have yet to be tabulated as of this report. All indications suggest an average start to the season for the district.

Naknek-Kvichak
In the Naknek-Kvichak District through June 25, the Naknek River cumulative escapement is 76,416 and the Kvichak River cumulative escapement is 3,732. Commercial fishing in the District has been closed since June 19 and it is currently closed until further notice.

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Upper Cook Inlet (UCI)
Currently in Upper Cook Inlet there are multiple commercial fisheries underway

  1. Northern District set gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays– 12 hour periods
  2. Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays– 12 hour periods
  3. Western, Kustatan, and Kalgin Island Subdistrict set gillnet fisheries: Mondays and Thursdays –12 hour periods
  4. Central District drift gillnet fishery: Mondays and Thursdays– 12 hour periods

The Kasilof River sockeye salmon enumeration project began on June 15.  The cumulative sockeye salmon passage through 24 June is 109,000 fish. Participation in the commercial fisheries that are open in Upper Cook Inlet is about normal. 

The Northern District king salmon commercial fishery is over and fished four periods in 2015, the estimated king salmon harvest is approximately 1,467 fish.   The estimated sockeye salmon harvest is 1,872 fish. In the Big River sockeye salmon commercial fishery is over for the 2015 season. Approximately 336 king salmon and 6,436 sockeye salmon were harvested since 1 June.  In the Western Subdistrict, approximately 30 king salmon and 733 sockeye salmon have been harvested since the 18 June opening. Harvest data were not available for the 25 June period that was fished in the Kalgin Island and Kustatan Subdistricts, and the Northern District. The Central District drift gillnet fishery has harvested 27 king salmon and 2,607 sockeye salmon since the season opener on 22 June. The Kasilof Section of the Upper Subdistrict opened on 22 June.  Harvest through 24 June is 69 king salmon and 31,103 sockeye salmon. Because sockeye salmon passage in the Kasilof River reached 50,000 fish on 20 June, the Kasilof Section of the Upper Subdistrict was opened on 22 June. 

Lower Cook Inlet (LCI)
Portions of Kamishak Bay opened to commercial seine harvest on Monday, May 25 targeting sockeye salmon returns to Mikfik Lake. No harvest has been reported to date from this district. Cost recovery of returning Trail Lakes Hatchery sockeye salmon from the Bear Lake release began on May 26. Harvest to date is 65,600 fish, (262,000 pounds). As of this date, historically this return is  over 95% complete. Portions of the Southern District opened to commercial set gillnet harvest on June 1. Harvests of Chinook and chum salmon are both above recent historic averages with 387 Chinook and 2,500 chum salmon sold to processors. Sockeye harvests are below historic averages with 6,100 fish delivered through Wednesday, June 24. Portions of the Southern District opened to commercial common property purse seine harvest on Monday, June 22. Harvest to date is confidential due to fewer than 3 permit holders reporting deliveries.

Weirs at both English Bay and in Resurrection Bay have been in operation for several weeks. As of Thursday morning both weirs are passing significantly more fish than anticipated for this date. English Bay River weir has passed 2,917 sockeye salmon versus a minimum anticipated passage of 1,641 fish for this date. This is similar to 2014 where run timing was both earlier than normal as well as more compressed than usual.

Participation levels for lower Cook Inlet commercial set gillnet and purse seine fisheries are anticipated to remain similar to recent years.

The cost recovery harvest of Bear Lake sockeye salmon appears to be progressing earlier than normal. Based on this, final cost recovery harvest from the Bear Lake Special Harvest Area may be less than the projected number of fish.

Elevated ocean temperatures and minimal snowpack will likely continue having an effect on LCI  commercial salmon fisheries with regards to run timing as well as freshwater migration patterns and success.

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Kodiak

ADF&G has extended the commercial salmon fishing period in the Central and North Cape Sections of the Northwest Kodiak District, the Outer Karluk Section of the Southwest Kodiak District, and the Southwest and Southeast Afognak sections of the Afognak District as of 9:00 p.m. June 19 until further notice.

The commercial salmon fishing period in the Outer Ayakulik Section of the Southwest Kodiak District was extended from 9:00 p.m. June 19 until 9:00 p.m. June 22.

There was a 33-hour commercial salmon fishing period from 12:00 p.m. June 21 until 9:00 p.m. June 22 in the Cape Alitak, Humpy-Deadman Bay, Alitak Bay, Moser Bay, and Olga Bay sections of the Alitak District, The Halibut Bay Section of the Southwest Kodiak District, the Eastside Kodiak District, the Northwest Afognak, Pauls Bay, and Perenosa Bay sections of the Afognak District, the Inner Uganik Bay Section of the Northwest Kodiak District, and in the Big River and Outer Kukak Bay sections of the Mainland District. The Duck Bay Section of the Afognak District remains open until further notice. The Izhut Bay Section closed at 9:00 p.m. June 24. Two special harvest areas, the Foul Bay and the Waterfall Bay Special Harvest Areas remain open until further notice.

The cumulative Karluk River sockeye salmon escapement through June 24 is approximately 164,000 fish, which is within the desired escapement range for this date. Karluk River Chinook salmon escapement is below average and non-retention of Chinook salmon has been imposed on the commercial seine fleet.

The cumulative Ayakulik River sockeye salmon escapement through June 24 is approximately 136,000 fish, which is within the desired escapement range for this date.  Ayakulik River Chinook salmon escapement is below average.

In the Alitak District, sockeye salmon escapement to Upper Station has improved with approximately 41,000 fish counted to date which is within the desired escapement range for this date.  Sockeye salmon escapement into Dog Salmon is strong with over 68,000 fish counted to date.

Afognak River sockeye salmon runs are tracking within the desired escapement ranges for this date with 22,624 fish counted. 

Buskin River sockeye salmon escapement has dropped off and is now tracking below the lower escapement bound for this date with 3,000 counted through the weir.

It is early in the Saltery Creek sockeye salmon run and 558 fish have been counted to date. 

There is little or no early information on sockeye runs at Kaflia, Swikshak, Uganik, Little River, Long Lagoon, Thorsheim, Pauls, Perenosa Bay, and other minor sockeye systems.

Both purse seine and gillnet participation are normal for this date when compared to recent years. Kodiak Management Area sockeye salmon harvests are well below recent 10 and 5-year averages with 333,739 fish harvested to date.

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North Peninsula
Weekly scheduled fishing periods are occurring in the Nelson Lagoon Section. The Port Moller Bight and Bear River sections are closed to commercial salmon fishing since June 10. The Outer Port Heiden and Ilnik sections opened to commercial salmon fishing on June 24. Weekly fishing periods are also occurring in the Black Hills Section and an occasional boat has tried to fish in that area while returning to Port Moller from South Unimak with only limited success.

Ilnik River weir has been counting fish for about three weeks and has passed about 12,000 sockeye salmon. The June 25 interim escapement objective of 10,000-15,000 fish has been met. The run should be increasing at this time. The Ocean River, a tributary of the Ilnik River system, is flowing directly into Ilnik River this year. Some years it empties directly into the Bering Sea. Through June 23, Bear River passed a total of 31,700 sockeye salmon through the weir and the June 25 interim escapement objective of 30,000-55,000 fish has been met. Like Ilnik River, Bear River also started increasing with daily weir counts and the best escapement for the season to date occurred on June 23 with over 10,000 fish counted. The Sandy River weir counts have been increasing and the best escapement to date also occurred on June 23. A total of 13,500 sockeye salmon have passed the weir exceeding the June 25 interim escapement objective of 6,000-11000 fish. The Nelson River weir escapement is 17,300 sockeye salmon and the first interim escapement objective is 30,000-60,000 on June 30.

Almost all of the drift gillnet boats from South Unimak have returned to Port Moller in anticipation of fishing. The Nelson Lagoon commercial sockeye salmon harvests have decreased this week compared to last week with about 25 permit holders participating.

Harvest levels for this date are between 5,000-6,000 sockeye salmon per day in the Nelson Lagoon Section and should be increasing in the coming days or week. In the Ilnik and Outer Port Heiden sections the first day of fishing harvest was 70,000 sockeye salmon of which 29,000 fish were caught in the Outer Port Heiden Section by about 50 permit holders.

South Peninsula
The third commercial salmon fishing period for set gillnet gear in the South Alaska Peninsula occurred from 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 17 through 10:00 p.m. Saturday, June 20. The fourth commercial salmon fishing period for set gillnet gear in the South Alaska Peninsula occurred from 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 22 through 10:00 p.m. Thursday, June 25.  The set gillnet fishery will reopen for the fifth period of the season at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, June 27 and will close at 10:00 p.m. Monday, June 29.

The third commercial salmon fishing period for seine and drift gillnet gear in the South Alaska Peninsula occurred from 6:00 a.m. Saturday, June 20 through 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.  The seine and drift gillnet gear will reopen for the fourth period of the season at 6:00 a.m. Thursday, June 25 and will close at 10:00 p.m. Sunday, June 28. 

The Orzinski Lake weir was fish tight on Thursday, June 4 and 410 sockeye have passed through the weir as of June 24.  The McLees Lake weir was fish tight on Friday, June 5th and 6,607 sockeye have passed through the weir as of June 24.   

A second aerial survey was flown over Swanson Lagoon, Christianson Lagoon, Peterson Lagoon, and Middle Lagoon on June 22 to assess salmon escapement. It is too early in the season to make comparisons with previous years.

Participation in the fishery so far is consistent with participation in previous years.

Direct comparisons to past seasons are difficult as the June scheduled was modified at the 2013 BOF meeting, but harvest so far seems to be below the harvest levels of previous years. As of June 24, the sockeye salmon harvest in the South Unimak fishery totaled 445,555 fish and the sockeye salmon harvest in the Shumagin Islands fishery totaled 378,699. Additionally, 273,348 pink, 147,781 chum, and 32,518 Chinook salmon have been harvested in the South Unimak and Shumagin Islands fisheries combined as of June 24.

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Chignik

The first commercial salmon fishery opening occurred in the Chignik Bay, Central, Eastern and Western districts beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 24 for a 48-hour period. Additional fishing time is expected in the Chignik Bay, Central and Eastern districts. The Western District will closed as scheduled at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 26. Early reports indicate that approximately 50 permits are participating in the fishery which is down slightly from previous years.

Sockeye salmon escapement into the Chignik River has been increasing over the past week. As of 1 p.m. Thursday, June 25, approximately 323,000 sockeye salmon have passed the weir. The June 26 interim escapement objective is 242,000–311,000 fish.

From June 1 until July 25 sockeye salmon harvested in areas adjacent to the CMA are considered bound for Chignik. Through June 25, there has been no harvest in the Cape Igvak Section of Area K or the Southeastern District Mainland (SEDM) of Area M.

During the first day of harvest, June 24, approximately 831 Chinook, 37,727 sockeye, 1,279 coho, 4,290 pink and 3,794 chum salmon were harvested. The majority of fishing effort occurred in the Chignik Bay and Western districts with some harvest also occurring in the Eastern district.

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Yukon River
The Lower Yukon summer chum directed commercial fishery began on June 11 in District 1 and June 15 in District 2 with beach seine and dip net gear only. There have been two 10-hour periods and ten 12-hour periods in District 1 and nine 10-hour periods in District 2. Fishermen using dip net and beach seine gear for commercial salmon fishing are required to release all incidentally caught Chinook salmon back to the water alive. The preliminary beach seine and dip net commercial harvest in District 1 through June 24 is 43,649 summer chum salmon with 2,283 Chinook salmon caught and released alive. Preliminary commercial harvest from District 2 through June 24 is 32,424 summer chum salmon with 1,843 Chinook salmon caught and released alive.

Kuskokwim River
The Kuskokwim River outlook and fishery announcements can be found on the Kuskokwim Salmon webpage.

Norton Sound
Commercial fishing directed at chum salmon is getting underway for the first time Thursday June 25, in Norton Sound Subdistricts 2–4. Ground-based escapement projects are fish tight at the Unalakleet, North, Inglutalik, Fish, Kwiniuk, Eldorado, and Shaktoolik rivers. The Solomon and Pilgrim River weir projects should be fish tight by this weekend or early next week.

ADF&G is anticipating another 100,000 + fish harvest of chum salmon this season in Norton Sound. The majority of commercial harvest will come first from the northern subdistricts 2 and 3 where escapements have been building for the last 4 days. Commercial salmon fishing will commence in southern Norton Sound Subdistricts 5 and 6 beginning July 1. There is a fair amount of prolonged milling behavior going on in many areas presumably due to above average river temperatures. A better picture of early run strength should start to develop by the middle of next week.

Kotzebue
Kotzebue Sound commercial salmon fishing is expected to open July 10. At this time only one buyer out of three buyers last year has confirmed they plan to return.

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