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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 Friday, August 29, 2014

Southeast Alaska

Troll Fishery
The second Chinook salmon retention period of the summer was open from August 14 through 18 to target the 36,051 fish remaining on the annual troll treaty quota.  The fishery was extended an additional 2 days from initially announced 3-day opening based on poor weather and reduced effort during the fishery. Final harvest and effort statistics will be available within the next few weeks.  Preliminary estimates indicate a treaty harvest of approximately 52,000 fish by 646 permits, with an average weight of 11.6 lbs and average price of $3.52.  Regional power troll coho catch rates for the current week (stat week 35) are 114/day, with the highest catch rates in the Southern Outside and Central Inside areas. Coho are now averaging 6.9 lbs, with a seasonal average of 6.0 lbs.  The average price is currently $1.49/lb with an average summer price of $1.40/lb.  The cumulative coho harvest since July 1 is just over 1.4 million, with a peak weekly harvest of 272,000 during the week of July 20-26. Regional catch rates and harvest are both above average.  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.  August 28-29 was the final period of seine fisheries targeting pink salmon and additional fishing opportunities will be directed at fall chum salmon.  During the August 28-29 period 34 seine vessels harvested around 20,000 pink salmon.  The next seine fishery will be on August 31 and will include small areas in and near Excursion Inlet in District 14 and Security Bay in District 9.  If fish abundance is sufficient, openings in District 2 targeting Cholmondeley Sound fall chum salmon are expected to begin on or around September 9.  

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 estimate is a purse seine harvest of approximately 31 million pink salmon and 2.0 million chum salmon.  Of the pink salmon harvest, 27.8 million were harvested in Southern Southeast and 3.2 million were harvested in Northern Southeast primarily in the outer-coastal areas.

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 24, 2014. The effort level was above average with 35 vessels participating.  The harvest was above average for sockeye, coho, and pink salmon, and below average for chum salmon. Total harvest estimate for the week is 5 Chinook, 1,250 sockeye, 8,500 coho, 76,000 pink, and 8,000 chum salmon.  This week marked the last week the District One Pink Salmon management plan will be in effect, the Tree Point drift gillnet fishery will now being managed based on the strength of returning wild stock coho salmon and fall chum salmon.  The coho catch rates for this week were more than double the ten year average.  The Hugh Smith weir which is located in Boca De Quadra has passed 302 adult coho at this time.  Historic run-timing shows only 10-30% of the total escapement is passed by this time.  The escapement goal is 500-1600.  With strong coho catches, Tree Point will be open for four days beginning 12:01 p.m., Sunday, August 31, 2014.

The following information about the Nakat Inlet, Neets Bay, and Kendrick Bay terminal harvest areas (THA) is estimated through Statistical Week 34. For further information and updates on SSRAA contributions and updates visit the SSRAA website.

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 24 was based on wild coho salmon abundance. Both districts opened for 72 hours. The coho salmon catch rate in District 6 continued to be above average with an above average effort this week. The coho salmon catch rate in District 8 was above average as well, but with a below average number of participants. The proportion of the hatchery component of the harvest is expected to be low this week, but will increase steadily during the next few weeks. Both districts will open for 96 hours beginning Sunday, August 31.  

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.

Anita Bay THA: In 2014, approximately 15,400 king, 501,000 summer chum, and 15,500 coho salmon are expected to return. The cumulative gillnet harvest to date is 7,000 king salmon, 45,000 chum, and 600 coho salmon.

Taku-Snettisham/Section 11-B
With the minimum escapement achieved in Speel Lake, the Speel Arm SHA opened to target enhanced sockeye salmon returning to the Snettisham hatchery. An above average fleet of 60 boats started in the Arm, but with less than hoped for results, less than half fleet was still fishing inside Port Snettisham after the first day. Effort diminished daily over the opening, but catches were ok for the boats that stuck it out, and those that didn't go home moved into Stephens Passage and Taku Inlet to target coho. Directed coho effort in the traditional area of D11 was below average but with above average coho catch rates. Pink and chum catches were well below average. The above average coho catches in the Canyon Island fish wheels on the Taku River improved over the course of the week and strong catches in the Canadian inriver fishery led to this week's estimate of Taku coho abundance indicating 56,000 coho have been passed above border, approximately 75% of the 75,000 fish management target with 36% of the run in according to historical run timing.

With anticipated below average effort and strong inriver indicators, D11 will be open for 4 days in SW36, with Port Snettisham and Speel Arm open to provide additional opportunity on enhanced Snettisham sockeye.

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 an estimated 70 boats participating. The sockeye salmon harvest decreased from the previous week, and was above average. Pink and chum salmon harvests were below average, while the coho salmon harvest came in almost 3.5 times the average.  The harvest estimate for this week is three Chinook, 9,200 sockeye, 10,000 coho, 2,700 pink, and 3,800 chum salmon.  With just over 33,000 sockeye salmon counted through the Chilkat Lake weir, escapement is under average for this time and projecting a final escapement total at the lower end of the goal range. The fish wheel catch of sockeye and coho salmon is above average, but the chum catch is below average. The Chilkoot Lake weir sockeye salmon count is currently over 102,000 fish and well above the upper end of the escapement goal range. Fall season management is in effect, with a focus on chum and coho salmon, but much of the fishing effort this week was focused 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 Lutak Inlet. Section 15-A will be open south of Seduction Point for two days. Section 15-A will also open north of the Tanini Point line to the terminus of the Chilkoot River for five days. All of section 15-C will be open for two days. The waters of the Boat Harbor Terminal Harvest Area west of a department marker at the entrance to Boat Harbor will close with the rest of section 15-C this week. 

Yakutat Area Setnet Fishery
Early indications are of a strong return of coho salmon to the Yakutat Area this season. A total of 43 permits harvested 14,000 coho salmon in the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet.  During the same week in 2013, a very good coho salmon year, 12,000 coho salmon were harvested in the Inlet.  The Tsiu River opened for the first time this season.  A total of 11 permits harvested 5,200 coho salmon during the first 24-hour opening, and another 4,000 during the second period.  Very small numbers of fish were also harvested in Yakutat Bay and the East River.

Tsiu River coho salmon harvest may be affected this year by physical changes in the area. The runway for landing DC-3 and larger aircraft for hauling fish to market is now under water most of the time, and buyers are now limited to small aircraft. This limits how much poundage can be taken off the grounds, and buyers may have to resort to "trip limits" to ensure that product can be moved in a timely manner.

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 182,000 chum salmon, or 65% of the forecast.  Harvest includes 75,000 gillnet-harvested chum salmon inside the Nakat Inlet THA, plus approximately 93,000 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 6,300 Chinook salmon and 6,000 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 180,000 seine-harvested chums, 55,000 gillnet-harvested chum salmon and 127,000 harvested by the troll fleet.  Cost recovery to date has harvested approximately 546,000 chum salmon with another 160,000 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 449,000 chum salmon, or 64% of the forecast.  Of this harvest, approximately 103,000 have been harvested inside the Kendrick Bay THA and 330,000 have been harvested by seine and 16,000 by gillnet outside the THA in common property fisheries. 

Anita Bay THA
In 2014, approximately 15,400 king, 501,000 summer chum, and 15,500 coho salmon are expected to return. The cumulative gillnet harvest to date is 7,000 king salmon, 45,000 chum, and 500 coho 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 closed to all common property commercial fisheries on Saturday, August 16 and will remain closed 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
Fisheries in PWS have been open for daily fishing periods near hatchery terminal areas daily since Sunday, August 24.  Aerial surveys of Eastern, Northern, Coghill, Northwestern, Eshamy, and Southeastern districts have been flown this week. Stream escapements have been within escapement goals throughout the season.  VFDA began its cost recovery sales program on Monday, June 23, and completed its goal on Sunday, July 13. VFDA reached its egg take goal at Solomon Gulch Hatchery on Wednesday, August 21.  PWSAC reports pink salmon escapement estimates at PWSAC facilities on August 29 as follows: 117,000–163,000 pink salmon in the AFK HEEZ; 180,000–245,000 in the CCH SHA; and, 93,000–185,000 in the WNH HEEZ. Pink salmon escapement goals for each facility are 309,000 pink salmon at AFK; 357,000 at CCH; and, 283,000 at WNH. Through August 28, PWSAC reports eggtake progress of 81% towards the final goal at WNH, 46% complete at AFK, and 9% complete at CCH. PWSAC has provided area recommendations and requests for PWS purse seine fisheries scheduled for Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31.  PWSAC has expressed concerns regarding its ability to meet its egg collection goal at AFK, and is working with ADF&G to secure permits to allow for the transfer, incubation, and resultant release of pink salmon eggs from WNH to AFK if the AFK hatchery escapement proves inadequate to meet the AFK egg collection goal.  VFDA's 2014 coho salmon return appears to be extremely weak. VFDA will monitor collection progress for potential commercial fisheries in Port Valdez targeting coho salmon beginning on Tuesday, September 2. VFDA reports broodstock escapement at SGH of 200 coho salmon on August 29. The minimum broodstock requirement at SGH is 1,000 coho salmon. An update will be provided in Sunday's scheduled news release.  It is estimated that 21,000 pink salmon were harvested in PWS on August 27, and 12,000 on August 28.  An estimated 36.8 million pink salmon have been harvested by the seine fleet in PWS to date. Harvest is nearing completion at this time.

Gillnet
The Copper River District was open for a 24-hour period Monday, August 25 and Thursday, August 28. The Bering River was open on the same schedule as the Copper River District. The Eshamy District was open for a 36-hour period Monday, August 25 and Thursday, August 28. The Coghill District was open to commercial drift gillnet and purse seine harvest for 12-hour periods daily since Thursday, August 21.  For the week ending August 30, the Copper River delta aerial survey escapement estimate was 11,860 coho salmon. This compares to an expected range of 9,298–19,468 coho salmon. For the week ending August 30, the actual Bering River District aerial survey count was 4,720 versus an anticipated range of 4,002 –10,158 coho salmon.  Currently there are an estimated 250-300 gillnet permits participating in CR/PWS gillnet fisheries. There are no processing capacity problems to report. Gillnet fishing has increased as coho salmon fishing has begun in the Copper River, Bering River and Coghill districts.

Harvest levels and generally how it compares with recent 10-year or 5-year averages, or the most recent applicable average in the judgment of Area staff:

The harvest estimate from the Monday, August 18 36-hour Copper River District period was 58,700 coho salmon. The cumulative Copper River District harvest to date is 110,000 coho salmon. Most sockeye salmon runs are near completion at this time, and coho salmon harvest is increasing. Some sockeye salmon opportunity remains for Eshamy Lake wild stock.

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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

All processors have ceased buying operations. Although fishing remains open since there are no buyers operating, the season is effectively over.  Coho and pink escapement surpassed all expectations. Counting operations ceased on August 16. Peak participation for the coho / pink salmon portion of the season was probably 70 or so boats and 20 or so set gillnets. Overall that is a little down from 2012.  The coho salmon harvest preliminary total is 240,000 the highest since 1984. The pink salmon preliminary total is 1.187 million better than 2012 but less than the 1.28 million fish harvested in 2010.

This will be the last Blue sheet report for 2014 from the Nushagak District.

Togiak District
All sections followed regular weekly schedules in Togiak this week.  The 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.  A small number of permit holders, although a bigger effort than last week, saw above average coho salmon harvests in Togiak River Section this week.  Deliveries averaged nearly 100 coho salmon.  The last processor in operation ceased buying for the season at the close of fishing on August 29.  The Togiak coho salmon harvest was 33,000, with over half of this harvest occurring this week.

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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 33,600 sockeye salmon and 94 king salmon.  The Western Subdistrict Set Gillnet fishery opened on Monday, June 16.  Approximately 84 king salmon and 33,760 sockeye salmon have been harvested since the opening period.  The Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery opened on Thursday, June 19.  Harvest is estimated at 1,475,842 sockeye salmon and 303 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 704,760 sockeye salmon and 2,055 king salmon as of August 6. 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 30,750 sockeye salmon and 10 king salmon.  The Central District drift gillnet fishery is restricted to Drift Gillnet Areas 3 and 4 for the remainder of the 2014 season.  Additionally, Chinitna Bay was opened to drift gillnetting on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 am until 7 pm beginning August 29.

Lower Cook Inlet (LCI)
Southern District- Portions of the Southern District remain open to commercial set gillnet harvest on a schedule of regular 48-hour Monday and Thursday fishing periods. There have been no deliveries reported for this gear group since August 15. Preliminary total set gillnet harvest to date based on processor reports is 32,500 sockeye, 330 Chinook, 480 coho, 1,800 pink, and 5,300 Chum salmon.  This compares to last year's total harvest of 38,200 sockeye, 234 Chinook, 3,466 coho, 1,800 pink, and 2,685 chum salmon for this gear type in this area. Portions of the Southern District outside of SHAs 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.  There have been no deliveries reported by purse seine commercial permit holders in the Southern District since August 13. Preliminary estimates of the common property purse seine harvest based on inseason processor reporting in the Southern District are 18 Chinook, 18,000 sockeye, 225 coho, 46,000 pink and 3,000 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. The last reported delivery from this district was on August 11. Preliminary estimates of the common property harvest in the Kamishak Bay District is 4,000 sockeye,  40,000 pink, and 1,700 chum salmon harvested. An estimated 4,000 sockeye salmon were harvested for cost recovery from the Kirschner Lake Special Harvest Area.

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. There have been no harvests reported from this district since August 22.  Preliminary harvest to date based on inseason processor reports are 22,100 sockeye, 143,000 pink, and 38,000 chum salmon from this area.

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 and closed on July 18. Reported common property harvest is approximately 5,400 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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The Outer Kitoi Bay Section of the Afognak District will open to commercial salmon fishing at noon Friday August 29 and will remain open until further notice.  There will be a 54-hour commercial salmon fishing period from noon Friday August 29 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday August 31 in the following areas: The Cape Alitak, Alitak Bay, Moser Bay, and Olga Bay sections of the Alitak District.  The following areas will be extended from 6:00 p.m. Friday August 29 until further notice: The Halibut Bay, Sturgeon, and Outer Karluk sections of the Southwest Kodiak District, The Central and North Cape sections of the Northwest Kodiak District and The Southwest Afognak Section of the Afognak District.  The Outer Ayakulik Section is scheduled to close at 6:00 p.m. Friday August 29.  The Izhut Bay Section of the Afognak District which will remain open until further notice.  Karluk River late-run sockeye salmon escapement is strong with approximately 162,632 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 appears average with approximately 78,628 fish counted through the weir to date.  Ayakulik Chinook are weak.  In Alitak, late-run sockeye salmon escapement into Upper Station is weak with 116,030 sockeye salmon counted to date. Sockeye salmon escapement through Dog Salmon weir was strong with 217,461 fish counted when the weir was removed on August 19th.  The Buskin, Afognak, Saltery, Pauls, Kaflia, Swikshak, Uganik, Little River, Long Lagoon, Thorsheim, and Perenosa Bay river sockeye salmon runs all met or exceeded their goals.  Purse seine participation is up from previous years however gillnet participation about normal.   The current Kodiak Management Area (KMA) sockeye salmon commercial harvest is 2,266,938 fish which is average to date.  10,203,185 pink salmon have been harvested to date which is below average.

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North Peninsula
Weekly scheduled fishing periods are occurring in the Nelson Lagoon Section from Monday, August 25 until Friday, August 29. The Port Moller Bight, Bear River, Three Hills, and Ilnik sections have been open and parts of the area will remain open for the duration of the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season. The Ilnik Section will be managed on the basis of coho salmon throughout the remainder of the season. 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 408,000 sockeye salmon through the weir as of August 23 which the weir was pulled for the season as scheduled at that time. Daily weir counts prior to removal were very strong at over 7,000 fish per day. 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 23, 157,000 are counted toward this goal. 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 has transitioned to coho salmon management. Coho salmon harvests are good for this early date. About 40 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. Some effort is occurring in the Cinder River Section targeting coho salmon. The entire North Peninsula sockeye salmon harvest is approximately 1.9 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 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 all river systems for coho salmon in the next two weeks.

South Peninsula
A commercial salmon fishing opening occurred in the Deer Island Section of the Southwestern District from 8:00 a.m. Saturday, August 16 until further notice.  A commercial salmon fishing opening occurred in the Aleutian Islands Area for 60 hours from 8:00 a.m. Sunday, August 24 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 26. Commercial salmon fishing in the Southwestern, South Central, and Southeastern districts will be allowed from 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 1 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 3. Fishing periods in September are based primarily on the abundance of coho salmon. The catch per unit effort (CPUE) of coho salmon during current fishing periods will be compared to previous years' harvest to determine if extensions to the fishing period is warranted.  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 warranted a commercial salmon opening, as well as in the Aleutian Island Area.  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.   So far during the Post June schedule, 4,582 Chinook, 732,911 sockeye, 539,858 pink, 275,061 coho, and 113,387 chum salmon were harvested in the South Peninsula.  No significant developments occurred during the last week. 

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The Chignik Management Area closed to commercial salmon fishing on Thursday, August 28 after processors ceased operations in the area.  Fisherman with a secure market for their catch that are interested in additional fishing periods in 2014 should contact Chignik management staff at the Chignik weir (845-2243) until September 25 after which staff can be contacted in Kodiak (486-1830).  For the past week, sockeye salmon escapement into the Chignik River averaged 1,700 fish per day. Through August 28, 260,169 late-run sockeye salmon have passed the weir which is within the late-run escapement goal of 250,000–400,000 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 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) and the chum salmon sustainable escapement goal lower bound (57,400 fish) have been met.  A total of 67 permits have made deliveries in 2014.   For the week of August 21 through August 27, approximately 54 Chinook, 11,118 sockeye, 6,570 coho, 2,804 pink, and 801 chum salmon were harvested. The majority of fishing effort occurred in the Chignik Bay and Western districts.   A total of 617,395 sockeye salmon have been harvested in the CMA this season.

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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 nine fall commercial periods in District 1. The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest in District 1 through August 26 is approximately 45,884 fall chum salmon and 40,890 coho salmon. Seven fall commercial periods have occurred in District 2. The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest in District 2 through August 27 is approximately 53,872 fall chum salmon and 40,990 coho salmon.  Commercial fishing in Subdistricts 5-B and 5-C is on a five-day a week schedule beginning August 26. The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest prior to the current schedule through August 17 is 1,264 fall chum salmon. However, there are no buyers currently operating in either subdistrict.  Two 42-hour periods have been scheduled in District 6.  The preliminary cumulative commercial harvest through August 27 is 529 fall chum salmon and 137 coho salmon. Additionally, District 6 will be on two 42-hour commercial fishing periods a week beginning 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 29.  However, there are no buyers currently operating. 

Kuskokwim Area
District W-4, Quinhagak, and District W-5, Goodnews Bay, opened to commercial salmon fishing August 22, August 25, and August 27 for 12 hours from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.  August 27 marked the end of the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season in districts W-4 and W-5.  Sub-district W-1B, Kuskokwim River, opened to commercial salmon fishing August 26 for 6 hours in the upper section and 8 hours in the lower section. August 26 marked the end of the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season in the Kuskokwim River.   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 passage at Kuskokwim river escapement projects has been tracking above recent year averages. 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 their respective sockeye salmon escapement goal ranges. Middle Fork Goodnews River weir coho escapement is currently tracking below historical average.  Participation in district W-4 and W-5 commercial salmon fishing periods was above average with 47 permits registered making deliveries in District W-4 and 42 permits registered making deliveries in District W-5. Participation in district W-1B commercial salmon fishing periods was above average with 190 permits registered making deliveries.  District W-4 and W-5 harvest and catch rates for coho salmon were above historical averages. District W-4 king and chum salmon cumulative harvests were below historical averages for the season, while sockeye and coho salmon cumulative harvest were near historical averages for the season.  Sub-district W-1B harvest and catch rates for coho salmon were near the historical average. Sub-district W-1B king, sockeye, chum, and coho salmon cumulative harvest for the 2014 season were below historical averages.

Norton Sound
Norton Sound salmon season closes Sunday in northern Norton and next Sunday in southern Norton Sound. The total salmon harvest was the best since 1998. The chum harvest continued the string of good harvests and the in the last 25 years the top 5 harvests have been from 2010-2014. The silver harvest has gone over 100,000 for the only the sixth time in history and the first time since 2008. The silver harvest will probably finish fourth best all-time. Ex-vessel value is a record, surpassing 1.5 million dollars, and this year is the fourth time in the last five years that the ex-vessel value has exceeded one million dollars.

Kotzebue
Kotzebue salmon season is over. This year was the second greatest chum salmon harvest (633,000 chums) and second greatest payout (almost 3 million dollars) to fishermen. Only 1981 had a greater harvest (677,000 chums) and payout (3.25 million dollars), but 187 permits fished in 1981 and only 95 permits fished in 2014.

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