(Released: August 14, 2019)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Bob Chadwick, SE Regional Management Coordinator
(Juneau) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today, that the nonresident king salmon closure will be rescinded on August 16. Nonresident anglers may again retain king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat marine waters. These regulations will be effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2019 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019. King salmon regulations for Alaska residents remain unchanged.
The regulations are:
- The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
- From August 16 through December 31, 2019, the annual harvest limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested earlier in 2019 apply toward the one fish annual harvest limit;
- Immediately upon retaining a king salmon a nonresident must enter the species, date and location, in ink, on the back of their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record.
- Alaskan Resident – unchanged
- The resident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. No annual limit.
- Inside waters- from June 15 through December 31, 2019, the resident bag and possession limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. No annual limit. For more information refer to news releases issued on June 10 for the Juneau, Petersburg/Wrangell and Ketchikan areas.
The king salmon nonretention periods for all anglers in the Haines/Skagway area, announced on January 7, 2019, are still in effect in order to protect wild Alaska king salmon stocks.
Regulations remain unchanged in the designated sport fish terminal hatchery areas in the vicinity of Juneau.
The Southeast Alaska king salmon sport fishery is managed under the directives of the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 47.055). This plan prescribes management measures based upon the Southeast Alaska Winter Troll catch per unit of effort (CPUE). The Southeast Alaska Winter Troll CPUE for the 2019 season is 3.38 which equates to 25,844 king salmon allocated to the sport fishery. To address the implementation of the new treaty agreement which includes provisions to reduce the Alaska harvest ceiling the following year if the Alaska harvest ceiling is exceeded, the sport fishery is being managed conservatively with a harvest target of 25,300 treaty king salmon in 2019. As directed by the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan, nonresident anglers will be restricted to stay within the sport harvest allocation and the department shall only restrict resident anglers if nonresident angler restrictions are insufficient to remain within the sport harvest allocation. Based on harvest estimates to date and projected harvest of king salmon for the remainder of the season, a period of king salmon nonretention for nonresident anglers is no longer necessary to ensure that the sport fishery remains within its harvest allocation.
For further information regarding sport fisheries in Southeast Alaska, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm