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Spring Troll Fishery Update
Southeast Alaska & Yakutat Commercial Fisheries

2020 Spring Troll Fishery

  • 2020 Spring Troll Fishery Management Plan (PDF 4,798 kB)
  • 2020 Spring Troll FAS Exemption Permit (PDF 148 kB)
  • 2020 Spring Troll Fishery Map (PDF 1,311 kB)
  • Summary of Spring Troll Fisheries in Southeast Alaska, 1999-2010 (PDF 15,803 kB)
  • Summary of Management and Harvest During Spring Salmon Troll
    Chinook Fisheries, 1986-1998
    (PDF 1,474 kB)
  • Spring troll fisheries target Alaska hatchery-produced Chinook salmon.
  • Spring fisheries occur along Chinook migration paths or near hatcheries and release sites. Each spring troll area is managed individually, and fishing periods are opened in season, by emergency order. Fishing areas may change from year to year and are announced after the department conducts a series of meetings in several Southeast Alaska towns.
  • Weekly fishing time may be extended or reduced, based on inseason assessment of coded-wire tag (CWT) data and historic catch timing for each individual area.
  • Although the spring troll fisheries target Alaska hatchery Chinook salmon, Treaty Chinook are also harvested. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has established guideline limits of Treaty fish that may be harvested in each spring fishing area.
  • If the preseason Abundance Index (AI) is 1.15 or above, and the amount of Chinook remaining on the winter guideline harvest level (GHL) is greater than 15,000 fish, then an additional 500 Chinook salmon will be added to the PST limits of each tier. With a 2020 preseason AI of 1.39 (translated from the 2019-2020 winter troll CPUE metric of 4.83), and an estimated 30,000 Chinook remaining on the winter fishery GHL, 500 Chinook will be added to each of the PST tier limits, resulting in the following tiers::

Alaska Hatchery Contribution to the Treaty Fish Limit Harvest
Less than 25% 1,500
At least 25% and less than 35% 2,500
At least 35% and less than 50% 3,500
At least 50% and less than 66% 5,500
66% or more no limit

 

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