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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Emergency Orders and News Releases
Sport Fishing

Region 1-Southeast News Release

(Released: May 13, 2014)


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ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
Cora Campbell, Commissioner

DIVISION OF SPORT FISH
Charles O. Swanton, Director

Contact:
Brian Marston
Yakutat Area Management Biologist
Phone: (907) 784-3222

May 13, 2014

SITUK RIVER CLOSED TO RETENTION OF KING SALMON GREATER THAN 20 INCHES IN LENGTH

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the Situk River drainage is closed to the retention of king salmon 20 inches or greater in length, beginning 12:01a.m., Wednesday, May 14. King salmon 20 inches or greater in length that are caught, may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately. 

The Situk River drainage is managed for a biological escapement goal of 450 to 1,050 large king salmon. The 2014 preseason forecast of the total run of large king salmon to the Situk River is predicted at 826 fish. In order to ensure the escapement goal is achieved, sport fishery restrictions are required. Therefore, the department is closing the sport fishery to retention of king salmon 20 inches or greater in length in the Situk River drainage.

For further information, anglers should call the Division of Sport Fish, at (907) 784-3222.

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