Chinook Salmon Research Initiative
Susitna River Chinook Salmon

Commercial Harvest, Genetics, and Coded Wire Tags

Project Summary

Project Name:

Cook Inlet Chinook Salmon Commercial Harvest, Genetics, and Coded Wire Tags


Age, sex, length, coded-wire tag, and genetic sampling of the commercial East side set gillnet harvest in Cook Inlet. During and after the East side set gillnet fishery openings, samplers will travel to receiving sites for fish processing plants after each tide and sample available Chinook salmon for genetic tissue, age, sex, and length composition information, and coded-wire tags. As many receiving sites as possible will be sampled, many being sampled more than once. Samplers will collect as many Chinook salmon samples as possible while distributing sampling effort throughout the area. Results from harvest samples collected in 2010, 2011, and 2013 revealed that, on average, Kenai River mainstem Chinook salmon composed the majority (69%) of the salmon harvest.


Cook Inlet near Kenai, Soldotna

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Project Dates:

June 2014 - August 2018

Project Type(s):

Marine commercial harvest sampling

Life Stage:



Cook Inlet stocks


Alaska Department of Fish and Game
43961 K-Beach Rd, Suite B.
Soldotna, AK 99669

Fishery Biologist 2