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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, May 22, 2015

Southeast Alaska

Troll Fishery
A total of 36 spring troll and terminal harvest areas have been opened to trolling since April 16.  Five additional areas will open initially during June. Through May 21 (week 21), approximately 251 permit holders have made 639 landings, with a total of 5,721 Chinook salmon harvested.  This is an increase in effort from both 2014 and the 5-year average.  The 2015 cumulative spring Chinook harvest through May 21 is up from 2014 and the 5-year average by 1,791 and 2,153 fish, respectively. The current spring seasonal average weight for Chinook salmon of 12.9 lbs is below the 2014 average of 13.0 lbs and below the 5-year average of 13.3 lbs.  The seasonal Chinook salmon average price per pound of $7.67 is a $2.04 increase from 2014, and an increase of $1.61 from the 5-year average. 
Purse Seine Fishery
The first purse seine opening will be on Sunday, June 21 for four days and will consist of 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 will also occur on Sunday, June 21, at Hidden Falls, Tenakee Inlet, and Point Augusta. 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 biological escapement goal (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 opens the third Sunday in June, or Sunday June 21, 2015. For further details concerning this fishery, the 2014 Southeast Alaska drift gillnet fishery management plan is available at area offices or on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website (http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/FedAidPDFs/RIR.1J.2014.03.pdf).

Stikine and Prince of Wales/Districts 6 and 8
The preseason forecast of large Stikine River King salmon is 30,200 fish. The resultant U.S.  allowable catch (AC) of 210 fish is not large enough allow for directed commercial fisheries. An inseason run estimate is typically produced near the end of May. If the inseason abundance estimate indicates a larger, more manageable U.S. AC, then directed commercial fisheries may occur.  
The preseason forecast for Stikine River sockeye salmon is 171,200 fish. Local island sockeye salmon runs are expected to be near average based on parent year escapements. The Districts 6 and 8 sockeye salmon drift gillnet fisheries are expected to begin on June 15 with an initial 48-hour opening.

Taku-Snettisham/Section 11-B
The pre-season forecast of 26,100 large Taku River Chinook salmon does not provide for any directed Chinook fisheries in District 11 in 2015.  The initial in-season estimate will likely be produced in late May and will begin to reveal the accuracy of the pre-season forecast.  Directed Chinook salmon fishing in District 11 is not anticipated.

The 2015 Taku Inlet / Stephens Passage (Section 11-B) drift gillnet fishery will open to target sockeye salmon for two or three days beginning Sunday, June 21, depending on observed Taku Chinook salmon run strength.  Through mid-August, management will be based on wild sockeye salmon abundance, after which focus will shift to Taku River coho salmon abundance.  Weekly opening times will be determined in-season based on data from the Taku River stock assessment program, fishery catch per unit effort (CPUE), and effort levels. 

The total runs of wild Taku River sockeye are expected to be above, and coho salmon are expected to be below, their recent ten-year averages in 2015.  Fish in excess to escapement goals are expected and openings of near-average time and area should occur.

Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. (DIPAC) is forecasting returns of 755,000 enhanced summer chum salmon from hatchery releases in Gastineau Channel and Limestone Inlet.  The forecasted return of enhanced sockeye salmon to Port Snettisham is 214,000 fish.

Lynn Canal/District 15
The 2015 Lynn Canal (District 15) drift gillnet fishery will open for two days beginning Sunday, June 21 in Sections 15-A and 15-C.  Time and area adjustments to the District 15 commercial salmon drift gillnet fishery will be managed to harvest Chilkoot and Chilkat Lake sockeye salmon in excess of escapement needs while being very conservative to minimize harvest of Chilkat River Chinook salmon.  The preseason forecast for large Chilkat River Chinook salmon is for a return that is below escapement objectives.  Chilkat Inlet will be closed to all fisheries through July 15 to conserve Chilkat River Chinook salmon.  The eastern side of Section 15-A will open with limited time and area to harvest 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.  The fall season fishery will be managed to harvest Chilkat River fall chum and coho salmon while providing for escapement goals.  For further details concerning this fishery, the 2015 Southeast Alaska drift gillnet fishery management plan is available at area offices or on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.
Returns of Chilkoot Lake, Chilkat Lake and mainstem sockeye salmon are expected to be above the recent 10-year average. Management strategies to harvest these stocks in excess of escapement needs will be in place for the 2015 season.
Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc. have forecasted a return of 1.354 million chum salmon to Amalga and Boat Harbor release areas in 2015.  The expected return is below the 2014 return of 1.867 million and below the 2006-2013 average of approximately 2.35 million fish.
Fall chum and coho salmon returns to the Chilkat River are expected to be near the recent average for 2015.  Returns of pink salmon to SE Alaska in 2015 are expected to be well above average.

Yakutat Area Setnet Fishery
The Yakutat set gillnet fisheries do not open until June, and openings for various systems are staggered according to run timing. The Alsek River fishery will open on the first Sunday in June, June 7. Yakutat Bay and the Dangerous River will open on the second Sunday in June. The Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and the Manby Shore fisheries will open on the third Sunday in June. The remainder of the Yakutat District will open 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 biological escapement goal (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 their website at http://www.ssraa.org/
Nakat Inlet THA
The forecasted return of Nakat Inlet summer chum salmon is 220,000 fish and for fall chum salmon is 75,000 fish. Nakat Inlet opens to the harvest of salmon by drift gillnet and troll gear on Monday, June 1, 2015. For further information and updates on Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) contributions and updates visit their website at http://www.ssraa.org/.

Neets Bay THA
The Neets Bay forecasted return for summer chum salmon is 1,180,000 fish, for fall chum salmon 210,000 fish, for Chinook salmon is 21,500, and for coho salmon 340,000 fish. Neets Bay opened to the harvest of salmon by Drift Gillnet and Purse Seine on Friday, May 1, 2015; currently there is no reported harvest. For further information and updates on SSRAA contributions and updates visit their website at http://www.ssraa.org/.

Kendrick Bay THA
The forecasted return for Kendrick Bay summer chum salmon is 745,000 fish. Kendrick Bay opens to the harvest of salmon by purse seine gear on Monday, June 15, 2014. For further information and updates on SSRAA contributions and updates visit their website at http://www.ssraa.org/.

Anita Bay THA
The 2015 Anita Bay THA forecast includes 370,000 summer chum, 15,000 king, and 47,000 coho salmon. The Anita Bay THA opened May 1 to harvest salmon by troll, drift gillnet, and purse seine gear concurrently. The THA will remain open to troll fishing for the remainder of the season. A rotational fishery will begin on June 13 between the drift gillnet and purse seine gear groups with an initial time ratio of one to one and then change to a time ratio of two to one in SW 31. This rotational fishing period will conclude on August 31 when the THA opens to both gear groups concurrently until it closes for the season on November 10 at 12:00 noon.

Deep Inlet THA
The Alaska Board of Fisheries, during its March 2015 meeting, passed regulations requiring the time ratio for gillnet openings to seine openings as 2:1 for the 2015 – 2017 seasons; except from the third Sunday in June through statistical week 30, the time ratio for gillnet openings to seine openings is 1:1. However, if the postseason preliminary enhanced salmon harvest value data from the previous season indicates the seine gear group is within its enhanced salmon allocation percentage range, based on the five-year rolling average as described in 5 AAC 33.364, the time ratio for gillnet openings to seine openings is 2:1 for the entire season.

The Deep Inlet THA is scheduled to open beginning May 31, 2015. This season, Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) is projecting a total return of 27,500 Chinook salmon, 18,000 Coho salmon and 1,336,000 chum salmon to the Medvejie Hatchery and Deep Inlet THA. This season, 90,000 chum salmon are needed for broodstock and no cost recovery is expected to occur. Therefore, NSRAA does not anticipate closing the Deep Inlet rotational fisheries.

Hidden Falls THA
Find updated announcements online in the Southeast Alaska Salmon section of our website.

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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 12-hour fishing period on May 14 and a 24-hour fishing period on May 18. These were the first and second fishing periods of the 2015 season. The next opening for the Copper River District is for 24 hours starting at 7:00 am on Thursday, May 21.
Escapement monitoring at the Miles Lake Sonar Station for sockeye and Chinook salmon returns to the Copper River started on May 8. To date 54,100 salmon have been enumerated at the sonar site.
Currently there are an estimated 500 drift gillnet permits participating in the 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 closed during the fishing periods on May 14 and 18. During the fishing period on May 18 the Chinook salmon closure area was expanded to include additional waters inside the barrier islands in the eastern portion of the district. 
The harvest estimate from the Thursday, May 14 12-hour period was 16,200 sockeye and 1,400 Chinook salmon. The harvest estimate from the Monday, May 18 24-hour period was 40,200 sockeye and 2,800 Chinook salmon. The anticipated harvest for these openings was 37,000 and 92,000 sockeye salmon and 450 and 910 Chinook salmon, respectively. The 5-year harvest averages for the May 15 and 19 harvest dates are 19,400 and 82,000 sockeye salmon and 200 and 1,450 Chinook salmon, respectively.
Forecasted low winds and large tides contributed to high fishing effort and increased harvest efficiency during the first two periods. Break-up of the Copper River is ahead of normal and river water levels are above 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) will open to commercial fishing for a 60-hour fishing period on May 25.This will be the first Prince William Sound purse seine fishing period of the 2015 season.
PWSAC reports early chum salmon escapement at Wally Noerenberg Hatchery, and has recommended fishing opportunity at Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation chum salmon release sites earlier than had been previously anticipated.
Pink and chum salmon escapement monitoring in Prince William Sound are currently scheduled to begin during the week of June 15 with an aerial survey of portions of the Eastern, Southeastern, and Northern districts.
A total of 280,000 chum salmon are forecast to return to AFK Hatchery. The historical run timing for these chum salmon is from June 1 – July 27.

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Bristol Bay
The 2015 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon forecast is approximately 54.0 million fish. Based on the forecast and newly adopted escapement goal ranges, 37.6 million fish are potentially available for commercial harvest. The commercial salmon season in Bristol Bay opens June 1 by regulation. Fishing in eastside districts will be allowed using a weekly schedule that will vary by district. The schedules are in place to balance fishing opportunity with escapement in the early part of the season (particularly for Chinook salmon). As each run develops and sockeye salmon run characteristics become defined within individual districts, fishing time will be adjusted accordingly. In the Nushagak District, management of the Chinook salmon fishery will govern fishing time in the early part of the season, followed by directed sockeye salmon management as abundance dictates.

The entire outlook can be found here:

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Cook Inlet:

Upper Cook Inlet (UCI)
The salmon fishery in UCI has not opened for the 2015 season.  Below are some highlights from the 2014 commercial salmon fishery outlook.

A run of approximately 5.8 million sockeye salmon is forecasted to return to Upper Cook Inlet (UCI) in 2015, with a harvest by all user groups of 3.7 million. The forecasted harvest in 2015 is equal to the 20-year average harvest.

Forecast runs to individual freshwater systems are as follows:

System Run Goalsa
Fish Creek 61,000 20,000–70,000
Kasilof River b,c 1,092,000 160,000–340,000
Kenai River b,d 3,550,000 1,000,000–1,200,000
Susitna River 276,000  
Larson Lake N/A 15,000–50,000
Chelatna Lake N/A 20,000–65,000
Judd Lake N/A 25,000–55,000
Unmonitored Systems e 851,000 N/A
Total 5,830,000  

a Goals listed here are as follows: Fish Creek: Sustainable Escapement Goal (SEG); Kasilof River: Biological Escapement Goal (BEG); Kenai River: Inriver; and Susitna River: SEG (weir goals).
b   Kasilof and Kenai rivers escapement goals are now DIDSON-based.
c   Kasilof River optimal escapement goal is 160,000–390,000 sockeye salmon.
d   Kenai River optimal escapement goal is 700,000–1,400,000.
e   Unmonitored systems are estimated to be 15% of monitored systems.

Northern District Set Gillnet
Since 2011, management actions in the Northern District directed king salmon set gillnet fishery have included area closures, time restrictions, and regularly scheduled fishing period closures in order to reduce the harvest of northern Cook Inlet king salmon. While escapements have moderately improved over the past couple of years, 7 king salmon stocks remain as stocks of concern. Therefore, the 2015 management strategy will mimic actions taken in 2014. In the 2015 directed king salmon commercial set gillnet fishery, the first period of season, which occurs on Monday, May 25, will be closed. In addition, that area of beach from a point at the wood chip dock north to the Susitna River will remain closed to commercial king salmon fishing. Finally, the remaining four commercial king salmon fishing periods will be reduced in duration from 12 hours to 6 hours per fishing period. These periods occur on June 1, 8, 15, and 22. Additional restrictions (or relaxation of restrictions) will be based upon inseason assessment of king salmon escapement at the Deshka River. All of the Northern District is expected to return to a regular fishing schedule beginning on Thursday, June 25.

Susitna River sockeye salmon remain a stock of yield concern. As a result of this designation, restrictive actions to fisheries that harvest this stock were retained in regulation at the 2014 Alaska Board of Fisheries (board) meeting. The Northern District Salmon Management Plan permits the department to reduce the legal complement of gear in the Northern District set gillnet fishery to no more than one net per permit from July 20 through August 6 to conserve Susitna River sockeye salmon. However, in that portion of the General Subdistrict south of the Susitna River, the department may allow the use of no more than two nets per permit after July 30. In 2015, six different fishing periods could be affected by a reduction of gear. All areas in the Northern District will return to a full complement of gear beginning on Monday, August 10.

 

Upper Subdistrict Set Gillnet Fishery – Overview
The 2015 Kenai River late-run king salmon forecast projects a total run of approximately 22,000 fish. Therefore, 2015 management strategies in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery will be similar to 2014; that is, fishing time will be based on inseason assessments of sockeye salmon abundance, while ensuring adequate king salmon escapement relative to the SEG of 15,000-30,000 Kenai River late-run king salmon.

Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery – Overview
The department manages the Upper Cook Inlet drift gillnet fleet primarily under the guidance of 5 AAC 21.353. Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan. The purpose of this management plan is to ensure adequate escapement of salmon into Northern Cook Inlet drainages and to provide management guidelines to the department. To meet these directives, there are two timeframes in July when drift fleet restrictions are implemented to pass fish through the Central District.

Lower Cook Inlet (LCI)
The overall 2015 commercial common property harvest from Lower Cook Inlet is anticipated to be 2,013,000 salmon, of which one third are anticipated to be of wild stock origin.
In the Southern District, the set gillnet fishery is anticipated to open for the 2015 season on Monday, June 1.  The 5-year harvest averages for this area and gear are 154 Chinook, 800 coho and 2,500 chum salmon. The 5-year commercial harvest average for wild sockeye salmon is 23,800 fish. Harvests for 2015 are anticipated to be similar to the historic average. The department’s preliminary pink salmon forecast estimated a harvestable surplus of 26,000 fish from the Southern District, which is to be shared by commercial set gillnet and purse seine permit holders.
Portions of the Southern District are anticipated to open to purse seine harvest in mid-June coinciding with enhanced returns to Leisure and Hazel lakes.  Historically this return peaks from July 12–18 (week 29). Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) anticipates a return of 27,950 sockeye salmon to Leisure and Hazel lakes combined, as well as 48,200 sockeye salmon to Tutka Bay. Commercial fishing time after mid-July will be correlated to pink salmon escapement at Humpy Creek, Seldovia Bay, Port Graham and other locations in this district. A total of 1,536,000 hatchery produced pink salmon are anticipated to return to release sites in the Southern District with 194,000 of those required for hatchery broodstock.
Hatchery sockeye salmon returns to the Eastern District are forecast by CIAA to be 323,000 fish, all of which will be required for cost recovery and broodstock purposes. Wild stock harvest opportunity in the Eastern District will be linked to aerial survey observations of wild sockeye and pink salmon escapements to Aialik Lake and other spawning systems in this district.
Portions of the Outer District may open to commercial harvest in mid-July focusing on sockeye returns to McCarty Fjord lakes.  The previous 5-year harvest average for this district is 14,800 sockeye and 41,700 chum salmon. The department has forecast a harvestable surplus of 370,000 pink salmon from this district. The parent year (2013) commercial harvest from this district was just over 2 million pink salmon.
The southern portion of the Kamishak Bay District will open one week earlier than specified in regulation in order to provide fishing opportunity on sockeye salmon returning to Mikfik Lake. The remainder of this district will open by regulation to commercial harvest on June 1. Previous 5-year average harvests for this district (excluding the Kirschner Subdistrict) are 37,900 sockeye and 16,800 chum salmon with the majority of the sockeye salmon harvest attributed to Chenik Lake runs and the chum salmon harvest spread throughout the district. Due to poor pink salmon escapement in 2013, the department has forecast that there will not be a significant commercial harvest of pink salmon from this district. Returns of hatchery released sockeye salmon to the Kirschner Lake outfall remote release site are anticipated to be 39,500 fish.

The complete 2015 Lower Cook Inlet salmon fishery outlook, with additional information, is available on online in the Lower Cook Inlet Salmon section of our website.

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Kodiak

The 2015 preseason forecasts project a harvest of approximately 3,494,116 sockeye, 330, 889 coho and 14,298,094 pink and 707,416 chum salmon.  Additionally, an estimated 15,000 Chinook salmon could be harvested incidentally in fishing targeting other species.  All will be established by emergency order.  The test fishing period for the west side of Kodiak Island is tentatively scheduled to open June 9, but may occur as early as June 1.  There are 10 salmon management plans that direct ADF&G management activities for specific portions and time periods of the Kodiak Management Area.  For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Kodiak Management Area located here:    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=CommercialByAreaKodiak.salmon#management
News releases detailing the specific information related to the fishery openings can be found here:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=cfnews.main

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North Peninsula
The 2015 projected North Peninsula salmon harvest is 2,296,400 fish.  The bulk of the salmon harvest is projected to occur in the Northern District between the Nelson Lagoon and Outer Point Heiden sections. 
For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Alaska Peninsula Management Area located here:    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyareaakpeninsula.main
News releases detailing the specific information related to the fishery openings can be found here:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=cfnews.main
South Peninsula
The first fishing period in the South Alaska Peninsula is scheduled to begin on June 7, 2015.  No escapement information has been obtained at this point.
The South Alaska Peninsula is forecasted to have a total pink salmon run of 16.5 million fish. Of that total run, 3.3 million pink salmon are forecasted as escapement, and 13.2 million pink salmon is forecasted as estimated harvest.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Alaska Peninsula Management Area located here:    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyareaakpeninsula.main
News releases detailing the specific information related to the fishery openings can be found here:
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=cfnews.main

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Chignik

Chignik
The Chignik River watershed supports two distinct but overlapping runs of sockeye salmon which provide the majority of commercial and subsistence salmon fishing opportunities in the Chignik Management Area (Area L). The 2015 total forecasted run of sockeye salmon to the Chignik River watershed is 2,536,000 fish. The total projected commercial harvest for both runs is 1,936,000 sockeye salmon. Approximately 1,588,000 sockeye salmon are expected to be harvested in the Chignik Management Area while the remainder are expected to be harvested in the Southeastern District Mainland (Area M) and Cape Igvak (Area K) fisheries.
Installation of the Chignik River weir began on May 2. The first fish counts at the weir began on May 19 and approximately 12 sockeye salmon have passed the weir through May 20. The first commercial salmon fishing period in the Chignik Bay, Central, and Eastern districts, as well as the Inner Castle Cape Subsection (273-93) of the Western District may occur when approximately 20,000 sockeye salmon have escaped or are expected to escape into the Chignik River. Additionally, the Western District may open for two separate fishing periods up to 48 hours in length during June. Subsequent fishing periods in the Western and Perryville districts may occur on, or after July 6, provided the Chignik River sockeye salmon escapement objectives are achieved.
The 2015 ADF&G Chignik Lagoon test fisheries will begin in early June.  The first commercial salmon fishing period may not open before June 1 and will be based on test fishery results, as well as Chignik River sockeye salmon escapement levels. The first fishing period is expected to be 48 hours in duration.  If possible, a 48-hour advance notice will be given prior to the first commercial salmon fishing period.
ADF&G salmon management staff will conduct two informal department/industry preseason meetings to answer questions and discuss current research projects, commercial harvest strategies, subsistence regulations, and reporting requirements. All interested fishery stakeholders are invited to attend.  The first meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 29 at the Chignik Bay Community Hall. The second meeting will be at 4:00 p.m. Monday, June 1 at the Chignik Lagoon Subsistence Building.
Subsistence salmon fishing permits and regulations are available at the Chignik River weir and from several local vendors. Statistical charts, harvest strategies, and commercial salmon fishing regulations are also available at the Chignik River weir and Kodiak Fish and Game offices.  News releases can be found on the ADF&G website at www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us.

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Yukon River

 The 2015 Chinook salmon run is expected to range from poor to below average. Continued conservation measures will be necessary to meet escapement objectives. This information sheet describes the anticipated management strategies for the 2015 salmon fishing season.

2015 Run and Harvest Outlook for Yukon River Salmon
  Chinook Summer Chum Fall Chum Coho
Projection: Poor Average to above average Average to above average Average to below average
Escapement: Potential to meet most goals Expect to meet goals Expect to meet goals Expect to meet goals
Subsistence: Fishery restrictions necessary Expect to provide
for normal harvest
Expect to provide for normal harvest Expect to provide for normal harvest
Commercial: No fishery anticipated 800,000 to 1,400,000 potentially available for harvest 250,000 to 470,000 potentially available for harvest 60,000 to 80,000 potentially available for harvest

The complete outlook can be found on the Yukon Salmon section of the ADF&G website.

Kuskokwim River
The Kuskokwim River outlook and fishery announcements can be found online: 

Norton Sound
Norton Sound commercial salmon fishing is expected to open sometime after mid-June. The sole buyer last year has confirmed that they will return.

 

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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