Emergency Orders and Press Releases
Sport Fishing

Region 1-Southeast


(Released: July 24, 2017 - Expired: December 31, 2017)

Division of Sport Fish
Tom Brookover, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518


Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Sam Cotten, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
www.adfg.alaska.gov


Contact: Matt Catterson, Sitka Area Assistant Management Biologist
(907) 747-5535

SITUK RIVER SOCKEYE SALMON SPORT FISHING HARVEST LIMITS INCREASED

Sitka – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the bag and possession limits for sockeye salmon on the Situk River will be increased to 6 per day, 12 in possession effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

The escapement goal range for sockeye salmon in the Situk River is 30,000 to 70,000 fish. As of July 19, 2017, over 61,000 sockeye salmon have been counted through the Situk River weir. Average run timing data for sockeye salmon into the Situk River indicates that 25% of the run is still to come, and the escapement goal will likely be exceeded. Increasing the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits will increase harvest opportunity for anglers, and will not jeopardize the achievement of the escapement goal.

Anyone needing further information concerning this announcement please contact the Division of Sport Fish in Sitka at (907) 747-5355.

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