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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Emergency Orders and News Releases
Sport Fishing

Region 1-Southeast News Release

(Released: July 16, 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
Area Management Biologist
Phone: (907) 784-3222

July 16, 2014

SITUK RIVER SOCKEYE SALMON SPORT FISHING HARVEST LIMITS INCREASED

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. Thursday, July 17, 2014. The biological escapement goal for sockeye salmon in the Situk River is 30,000 to 70,000 fish. As of July 14, 2014 more than 52,000 sockeye salmon have been counted through the Situk River weir. Average run timing data for sockeye salmon on the Situk River indicates that 40% of the run is still to come, and the escapement goal range will be exceeded. Increasing the sockeye salmon bag and possession limits will provide additional opportunity to harvest fish surplus to the escapement goal without putting achievement of the escapement goal in jeopardy.

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