Inseason Alaska Commercial Salmon Summary

This summary provides management, harvest, and escapement information for the Alaska commercial salmon fishing season. This summary will be updated each Friday between mid-May and September. Please note, inseason harvest data published in this summary are preliminary and subject to change. For more information on the Blue Sheet, inseason summaries, and harvest timing charts, please see our Blue Sheet, Inseason Summary, and Harvest Timing Charts Overview page.

Statewide Summary

Last updated: Thursday, May 12

Alaska's commercial salmon net fisheries begin this week with the Copper River District opening on May 16. Most other areas of the state will see their first commercial salmon net fishery openings in early June. Many ADF&G stock assessment projects are being deployed this month and inseason counts will be posted on the ADF&G website as those projects become active and begin providing data to fishery managers and the public.

The forecast all species commercial salmon harvest for 2022 is about 161 million fish, which if realized, will be considerably larger than recent even-year harvests, and would be the largest even year harvest since 2010. Inseason harvest timing can be tracked here: Inseason Commercial Salmon Harvest Timing.


Southeast Alaska & Yakutat

Troll Fishery

Last updated: Friday, May 20

During the 2022 BOF meeting held in Anchorage, action plans were adopted giving the department direction, through emergency order authority, to identify and implement actions that provide conservation for Southeast Alaska/Yakutat (SEAK) and Transboundary River (TBR) wild Chinook salmon stocks while continuing to identify harvest opportunities for the troll fishery that maintain conservation of these stocks. These measures and supplementary emergency order actions restrict spring troll fisheries for conservation of SEAK and TBR Chinook salmon stocks by limiting fisheries to areas on the outer coast near hatcheries or hatchery release sites. A total of six spring troll areas targeting Alaska hatchery Chinook salmon have been opened to date, with an additional five spring troll areas and eight terminal harvest areas opening in May and June. Opportunities to harvest Alaska hatchery chum salmon will be provided in six spring troll and two terminal harvest areas from mid-June to late June.

A total of 72 troll permits have reported 1,162 Chinook salmon harvested from 129 spring troll landings through May 19 (statistical week 21). This is a decrease in effort of 42 permits from 2021 and 44 permits from the 5-year average, primarily due to the reduced number of open fishing areas. The 2022 cumulative spring Chinook salmon harvest is down from 2021 and the 5-year average by 2,127 fish and 884 fish. The current spring troll seasonal average weight for Chinook salmon of 10.9 lb is above the 2021 and below the 5-year averages of 10.6 and 11.4 lb for the same period. The spring seasonal Chinook salmon average price per pound of $9.15 is below the 2021 and 5-year average price of $10.40 and $9.64.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Purse Seine Fishery

Last updated: Friday, May 20

The 2022 Southeast Alaska (SEAK) pink salmon harvest is predicted to be in the average range with a point estimate of 28 million fish (80% prediction interval: 19-42 million fish). The first pink salmon openings will begin in late June and early July in Districts 1, 2, 4, 7, and 12. Subsequent openings will be based on aerial observations and fishery performance data. The department will carefully monitor inseason information and will manage the fishery to ensure escapement goals are met, obtain district and stock group escapement targets, and distribute escapements throughout the run while providing maximum fishing opportunity. The department is prepared to provide additional fishing opportunity as run strength and fleet distribution allows by expanding fishing opportunity from one to two 15-hour periods per week, to 39-hour periods, to 2-days-on/2-days-off, or a more continuous fishing schedule. 

In 2022, the District 4 purse seine fishery will start, by regulation, on Sunday, July 3. District 4 will be managed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty (PST) annex through July 23 (statistical weeks 28, 29, and 30). The inseason forecast will be analyzed prior to the July 4 opening and if run size warrants an opening, the district will open on July 4. The initial opening on July 4 will be for a yet to be determined length and will be based on the best available data at the time of the announcement. The duration of following openings will be based on sockeye salmon escapement estimates through the Tyee test fishery at the mouth of the Skeena River, harvest and catch per unit effort (CPUE), effort levels, and pink salmon run strength. Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (DFO) has a preseason expectation of approximately 2,694,000 sockeye salmon to the combined Nass and Skeena Rivers in 2022. This is a combined forecast of 2,134,000 Skeena River sockeye salmon and 560,000 Nass River sockeye salmon. If the 2022 forecast is accurate, and the combined escapement is 1.1 million sockeye salmon, then the Annual Allowable Harvest for District 4 will be approximately 39,000 Nass and Skeena Rivers sockeye salmon.

For the 2022 season, THA purse seine fisheries to harvest fish returning to Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) hatchery release sites will occur at Anita Bay, Carroll Inlet, Kendrick Bay, Carroll Inlet, Neets Bay, and Anita Bay. Fisheries to harvest fish returning to Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) hatchery release sites will occur at Thomas Bay, Southeast Cove, Deep Inlet, and Crawfish Inlet, and possibly the Amalga Harbor SHA remote release site to harvest returning Douglas Island Pink and Chum (DIPAC) fish. Common property purse seine openings in the Hidden Falls THA to target hatchery produced chum salmon are unlikely in 2022.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Drift Gillnet Fishery

Last updated: Monday, May 02

For further details concerning this fishery, please see the 2022 Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan (PDF 3,507 kB)

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Tree Point/Section 1-B

Last updated: Friday, May 20

The Tree Point drift gillnet fishery opens on Sunday, June 19. Until the third Sunday in July, the section is managed based on the strength of local wild chum salmon stocks and Canadian sockeye salmon under the terms of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. The Nass River has a preseason forecast of 560,000 sockeye salmon which will provide for four days of fishing during the first open period.

 

For further details concerning this fishery, please see the 2022 Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan (PDF 3,507 kB)

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Stikine and Prince of Wales/Districts 6 and 8

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The 2022 preseason terminal run forecast for Stikine River large Chinook salmon is 7,400 fish. This forecast is well below the average of 17,600 fish and below the escapement goal range of 14,000–28,000 fish. This forecast does not allow for directed Chinook salmon fisheries in District 8. Recent trends of Stikine River Chinook salmon abundance and trends in Chinook salmon abundance throughout Southeast Alaska indicate very poor survival of Chinook salmon. As such, conservation measures will be in place for the start of the sockeye salmon fishery.

The 2022 preseason forecast for Stikine River sockeye salmon is 63,000 fish, which is well below the average of 99,000 fish. This forecast includes: 42,000 Tahltan Lake and 21,000 mainstem sockeye salmon and results in a U.S. allowable catch of 9,500 Stikine River sockeye salmon comprised only of Tahltan Lake fish. Since the forecast of mainstem sockeye salmon is below the midpoint of the escapement goal, there is no allowable catch for mainstem bound sockeye salmon. If the run comes in as forecast, there will be sufficient fish to meet escapement needs for Tahltan Lake with an allowable catch, but will only provide for escapement needs on the mainstem.

The sockeye salmon season could open by regulation as early as 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 (statistical week 25). However, with an expected poor return of Stikine River Chinook salmon, as well as poor Chinook salmon returns throughout Southeast Alaska, conservation measures will be in place for the start of the sockeye salmon fishery. Conservation measures will include implementing a six-inch maximum mesh size in both districts and delaying the start of the sockeye salmon fishery by one week in District 6 and by two weeks in District 8. During the first few weeks of the sockeye salmon fishery, any adjustments to fishing time will be based on the preseason forecasts, harvest levels, expected harvest levels, and stock proportion data. Because of concerns for Stikine mainstem sockeye salmon, time and/or area may be limited starting in statistical week 29 in both districts. Openings in District 8 will be based on an evaluation of sockeye salmon  abundance in District 6 and would likely include time and area restrictions. Beginning in statistical week 29, District 6 will be limited to two days a week through statistical week 31 for McDonald Lake sockeye salmon conservation.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Taku-Snettisham/Section 11-B

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The 2022 terminal run forecast of 6,600 Taku River large Chinook salmon is well below the bottom end of the escapement goal range of 19,000 to 36,000 large fish. With other regional Chinook salmon forecasts at low levels, management actions will be taken throughout all fisheries in Southeast Alaska to reduce harvest of wild Chinook salmon in accordance with three stock of concern action plans recommended by the department, covering seven Chinook salmon stocks, adopted by the Board of Fisheries at the March 2022 meeting.

The 2022 Taku Inlet / Stephens Passage (Section 11-B) drift gillnet fishery will open to target sockeye salmon for two days beginning Sunday, June 19 with the same initial restrictions in place as last season including a significant area closure of Taku Inlet and waters east of a line of longitude running mid-inlet from the latitude of Point Greely south to a point on the Admiralty Island shoreline north of Station Point, a six-inch maximum mesh size restriction, and night closures from 10:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. Starting in statistical week 27 (June 26), openings will likely have significantly less area restriction, however mesh size restriction and night closures will likely stay in place for at least that week. Management will be based on wild sockeye salmon abundance through mid-August, after which focus will shift to Taku River coho salmon abundance. Weekly opening times will be determined in-season based on data from Taku River stock assessment projects, fishery catch per unit effort (CPUE), and effort levels. 

The terminal runs of Taku River wild sockeye and coho salmon are expected to be below their recent 10-year averages in 2022 with forecasts of 128,000 and 87,000 fish. However, both Taku River sockeye salmon and coho salmon forecasts are at a level that provide the U.S. with allowable catch under harvest sharing agreements in the current Pacific Salmon Treaty Annex. Inseason run size estimates will be produced weekly, likely starting in statistical week 28 (July 3), and will be used in conjunction with fishery performance to guide management of the District 11 drift gillnet fishery.

Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. (DIPAC) is forecasting returns of 761,000 summer chum salmon from hatchery releases in Gastineau Channel and Limestone Inlet. The forecasted return of enhanced sockeye salmon to Port Snettisham is 54,000 fish, and 12,000 enhanced coho salmon are forecasted to return to Gastineau Channel.

 

The 2022 SEAK Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan can be found on the Southeast Management Plans webpage.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Lynn Canal/District 15

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The commercial drift gillnet fishery in Lynn Canal/District 15 will open on Sunday, June 20. The 2022 preseason total run forecast for Chilkat River Chinook salmon is 1,550 large fish. The forecast is below the average escapement of 1,600 fish and below the escapement goal range of 1,750 to 3,500 fish. For the last four years, the department has been taking management measures that have effectively reduced harvest of Chilkat River Chinook salmon and recommended that those actions be formally adopted through the Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) process. Action Plans were adopted in 2018 and in October 2020, the department recommended the board continue the Chilkat River as a stock of concern. Restrictive management measures will be implemented during early sockeye salmon fishery openings to reduce harvest rates of Chilkat River Chinook salmon. Management strategies will be consistent with the strategies used in 2019–2021. 

Intended management actions for District 15 include time, area, and gear restrictions including night closures. In Section 15-A, open area will be limited to south of Eldred Rock Lighthouse and east of a line from Eldred Rock Lighthouse to a point 2.0 nmi from the eastern shoreline at 58°51.00′ N lat, 135°12.77′ W long, and limited to two days a week through July 23. Section 15-C open area will be limited to the Postage Stamp (waters of Section 15-C south of the latitude of Vanderbilt Reef Light and east of a line from Vanderbilt Reef Light to Little Island Light) to two days a week through July 9. A maximum mesh size restriction of six inches will be in effect in Section 15-A through July 23 and in Section 15-C through July 16. Night closures from 10:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. will be in effect in Section 15-A through July 23 and through July 16 in Section 15-C to reduce the incidental catch of immature “feeder” Chinook salmon.

The Boat Harbor Terminal Harvest Area (THA) will open by regulation on June 20. Outside waters will be restricted to 1.0 nmi of the shoreline for two days per week with a maximum mesh size restriction of six inches through July 16. Inside waters of the Boat Harbor THA will open seven days a week with no restrictions. Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc. (DIPAC) is projecting a total run of up to 2.2 million hatchery-produced chum salmon to their release sites at Boat Harbor THA and Amalga Harbor special harvest area (SHA) in 2022. The common property harvest is expected to be 795,000 fish.

Run expectations for Chilkat Lake sockeye salmon is for an average or below average run. The parent-years sockeye salmon escapements contributing to the 2022 run to Chilkat Lake were 87,600 fish in 2016 and 88,200 fish in 2017. These escapements were within the escapement goal range of 70,000–150,000 fish.

The Chilkoot Lake escapement estimates during the dominant brood year return of 2017 was 43,000 sockeye salmon, within the sustainable escapement goal (SEG) range of 38,000 to 86,000 fish. Parent-year escapements, strong zooplankton estimate, and average presmolt estimates suggest an average run of sockeye salmon to Chilkoot Lake in 2022.

Parent-year escapements and ocean conditions for coho salmon growth and survival data from Southeast Alaska Coastal Monitoring (SECM) surveys in 2021 indicate that coho salmon runs to Lynn Canal will likely be average to below average in 2022.

The department is currently in the process of formalizing action plans based on final board actions that took place at the BOF meeting in March 2022. The plans will be published later this summer. The draft plans can be found on the BOF website at:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo&date=03-10-2022&meeting=anchorage

 

The 2022 SEAK Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan can be found on the Southeast Management Plans webpage.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Yakutat Area Set Gillnet Fishery

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The Yakutat set gillnet fisheries will open in June, with openings for the various systems being staggered according to run timing and regulation. The Southeast Alaska, Transboundary Rivers Chinook salmon stocks are experiencing unprecedented levels of poor production; record low runs were observed for many of these stocks in 2021 and 2022 forecasts indicate continued poor levels of production. In an effort to bolster spawning escapements, Alaska and Canada are coordinating fisheries management per treaty obligations to minimize harvest of depressed Chinook salmon and sockeye salmon stocks. Management actions to conserve Alsek River Chinook salmon stocks will be observing harvest during the early part of the season and adjusting fishing time as needed to reduce harvest. Management actions for sockeye salmon conservation will be based on fishery performance. The first opener will occur on June 5 and there will be gillnet mesh restrictions throughout the Chinook salmon run. Yakutat Bay and the Dangerous River will open on the second Sunday in June (June 12). The Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and the Manby Shore fisheries will open on the third Sunday in June (June 19). The remainder of the Yakutat District will open on the fourth Sunday in June (June 26). The East River, Akwe River and the Italio River systems will open by emergency order when adequate levels of escapement have been observed.

Sockeye salmon returns to the Yakutat Area in 2022 are expected to range from average to above average. The 2022 preseason projection is for a total return of 1,600 large Chinook salmon to the Situk River. Due to the uncertainty in recent forecasts and environmental variables any harvest of this stock could result in the escapement goal not being achieved. The commercial, sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries will be closed for Situk River Chinook salmon. These fisheries will reopen when Situk River weir counts indicate the biological escapement goal (BEG) will be attained. The coho salmon return this year is also expected to range from average to above average.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Terminal Harvest Area (THA) Fisheries

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

Terminal Harvest Area (THA) drift gillnet fisheries occur in Nakat Inlet, Carroll Inlet, Neets Bay, Anita Bay, SE Cove, Deep Inlet, and Boat Harbor. THA seine fisheries occur in Neets Bay, Carroll Inlet, Kendrick Bay, Anita Bay, Thomas Bay, SE Cove, Hidden Falls, Crawfish Inlet, and Deep Inlet.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Nakat Inlet THA

Last updated: Friday, May 20

The forecasted return for Nakat Inlet is 248,000 summer chum salmon and 50,000 fall chum salmon. Nakat Inlet will remain closed to harvest of salmon through 12:01 a.m., Thursday, September 1, to allow for Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) cost recovery operations.

 

For further information please refer to the 2022 Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan (PDF 3,507 kB) and for updates on Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) contributions visit the SSRAA website.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Neets Bay THA

Last updated: Friday, May 20

The Neets Bay forecasted return is 440,000 summer chum salmon, 51,000 fall chum salmon, 6,600 Chinook salmon, and 127,300 coho salmon. Neets Bay opens to the harvest of salmon by troll gear on Wednesday, June 15, and by rotational fishery between drift gillnet and purse seine on Friday, June 17. Neets Bay will close to the harvest of salmon by all gear groups at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, to allow for Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) cost recovery operations.

 

For further information please refer to the ADF&G advisory announcement for Neets Bay and for updates on SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Kendrick Bay THA

Last updated: Friday, May 20

The forecasted return for Kendrick Bay is 732,000 summer chum salmon. Kendrick Bay will remain closed to harvest of salmon through 12:01 a.m., Thursday, September 1, to allow for Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) cost recovery operations.

 

For further information please refer to the 2021 Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Fishery Management Plan (PDF 1,379 kB)  and for updates on SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Caroll Inlet THA

Last updated: Friday, May 20

The forecasted return for Carroll Inlet is 6,000 Chinook salmon. The Carroll Inlet THA opens to the harvest of salmon by all gear groups on Wednesday, June 1, and closes to purse seine and drift gillnet on Sunday, June 12. The rotational fishery between purse seine and drift gillnet begins on Wednesday, June 15. The Carroll Inlet THA will close to all gear groups on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

 

For further information please refer to the ADF&G advisory announcement for Carroll Inlet and for updates on SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Anita Bay THA

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

For 2022, Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) is forecasting total runs of 9,900 Chinook, 291,000 summer chum, and 11,800 coho salmon from releases at Anita Bay. A total of 6,900 Chinook, 113,500 summer chum, and 5,200 coho salmon are expected to be available for harvest in the THA. The initial opening of Anita Bay will be delayed until June 1 to mitigate potential harvest of wild Chinook salmon. Similar to last year, the mouth of the bay will be open exclusively to troll gear through June 16. A rotational fishery will be in place for drift gillnet and purse seine fleets from June 12 through July 6. Additionally, the THA will be closed through August for cost recovery and possibly broodstock collection following the rotational fishery. Details of the 2022 season fishing schedule and open area within the Anita Bay THA can be found in an ADF&G advisory announcement released on April 13.

 

For further information and updates on Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) contributions and updates visit the SSRAA website.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Deep Inlet THA

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The Deep Inlet THA opens on Wednesday, June 1. The gear group schedule is: purse seine (Sunday, Thursday, and Friday), drift gillnet (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), and Troll (Saturdays). Net fishers are bound to fishing times from June 1 - August 13 (5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and from August 14 - September 20 (6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.).

Forecasted runs for Deep Inlet THA and Medvejie Hatchery includes 1,814,000 chum salmon, 20,000 Chinook salmon, and 97,000 coho salmon. This season, 122,500 chum salmon are needed for broodstock. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) does not anticipate cost recovery operations this season in the Deep Inlet THA.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Hidden Falls THA

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The Hidden Falls Hatchery expects a run of 304,000 chum salmon. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) needs 150,000 chum salmon for broodstock and 50,000 chum salmon for cost recovery, leaving 104,000 chum salmon available for common property harvests. NSRAA does not intend to use a tax assessment on the common property harvest of chum salmon to satisfy cost recovery needs as provided under AS 16.10.455.

There are no scheduled common property purse seine openings at Hidden Falls for 2022. Due to a low projected run of chum salmon, Hidden Falls will be managed for broodstock. NSRAA will assess the run through a weekly test fishery to determine run strength. In the event that surplus chum salmon are available, common property openings may be announced. Purse seiners are advised that openings at Hidden Falls during the 2022 season may be announced with a minimum 24-hour notice if necessary, in order to maximize fish quality.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Crawfish Inlet THA

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

A run of 1,145,000 chum salmon is forecasted to return to the Crawfish Inlet remote release site in 2022. No chum salmon are needed for broodstock. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) is planning to conduct a cost recovery of 740,000 chum this season in Crawfish Inlet. Following the conclusion of cost recovery operations in Crawfish Inlet, purse seine openings will be scheduled for Sundays and Thursdays. Seine openings may occur inside the boundaries of the special harvest area (SHA). Purse seiners are advised that openings at Crawfish Inlet during the 2022 season may be announced with a minimum 24-hour notice if necessary, in order to maximize fish quality.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Thomas Bay THA

Last updated: Friday, May 13

The Northern Southeast Alaska Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) is forecasting a total run of 68,000 chum salmon to Thomas Bay THA. This year’s run will be the fourth for this project and will be comprised of 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old fish. A portion of the run may be harvested in common property fisheries in Chatham Strait and Frederick Sound.

The purse seine fishery will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday and Thursday each week from Sunday, June 19, through Thursday August 4. The troll fishery will be open during those periods the purse seine fishery is closed, from 12:01 a.m., Sunday, June 19, through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, August 6.

Chinook salmon retention is permitted in the troll fishery only during general summer troll Chinook salmon retention periods established under 5 AAC 29.100; trollers may retain and sell only those Chinook salmon that are 28 inches or greater in length. Chinook salmon harvested in the purse seine fishery 28 inches or greater in length may NOT be retained and Chinook salmon less than 28 inches may be retained but not sold.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Southeast Cove THA

Last updated: Friday, May 13

The Northern Southeast Alaska Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) is forecasting a total run of 174,000 summer chum salmon to the Southeast Cove THA. A portion of the run may be harvested in common property fisheries in Chatham Strait.

 

The purse seine fishery will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday and Thursday each week from Sunday, June 19, through Sunday, July 31. The drift gillnet fishery will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday each week from Tuesday, June 21, through Wednesday, July 27. The troll fishery will be open from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Monday, Friday, and Saturday each week from 12:01 a.m., Monday, June 20, through 11:59 p.m., Monday August 1.

 

There are currently no plans for cost recovery in the Southeast Cove THA. The THA will close to all fisheries on Monday August 1. However, if significant numbers of fish remain, additional common property opportunity may be provided via emergency order (EO), or a cost recovery fishery may be implemented dependent on the presence of wild salmon stocks in the area. If closures or additional openings are warranted, they will be announced by advisory announcement.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Southeast Alaska and Yakutat Management Area.


Central Region

Bristol Bay

The commercial salmon season in Bristol Bay opens June 1 by regulation. Fishing in eastside districts and the Togiak District will be allowed using a weekly schedule that varies by section. The schedules are in place to balance fishing opportunity with escapement in the early part of the season, particularly for king salmon. As each run develops and sockeye salmon run characteristics become defined within individual districts, fishing time will be adjusted accordingly. In the Nushagak District, management will focus on king salmon in the early part of the season, and switch to sockeye salmon management as abundance dictates.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Bristol Bay Management Area

Togiak District

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The 2022 inshore run of Togiak River sockeye salmon is forecast to be approximately 1.2 million fish with a potential surplus of 920,000 fish. The escapement goal range is 120,000 to 270,000 sockeye salmon. Approximately 31% of the run is expected to be age 1.2 fish; <1% of the run is expected to be age 2.2 fish; 68% is expected to be age 1.3 fish; and <1% is expected to be age 2.3 fish.

Nushagak District

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The Nushagak District sockeye salmon inshore run forecast is approximately 29.5 million fish; 2.6 million fish is estimated for escapement with a potential harvestable surplus of 26.9 million fish.

The estimated total inshore run by river system is as follows:

  • Wood River, 9.4 million fish (escapement goal range 700,000 to 1.8 million)
  • Igushik River, 2.0 million fish (escapement goal range 150,000 to 400,000)
  • Nushagak River, 18.1 million fish (escapement goal range of 370,000 to 900,000)

Approximately 35% of the forecasted run is expected to be age-1.2 sockeye salmon, < 1% age-2.2, 64% age-1.3, and < 1% age-2.3 fish.

Naknek-Kvichak District

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

An inshore run of approximately 20.7 million sockeye salmon is expected for the Naknek-Kvichak District in 2022. Based on the forecast, the projected surplus in the Naknek-Kvichak District is approximately 13.0 million sockeye salmon: 4.2 million fish from the Kvichak River, 2.1 million fish from the Alagnak River, and 6.7 million fish from the Naknek River. Sockeye salmon returning to the Naknek-Kvichak District are predicted to be 46% age-1.2 fish, 41% age-1.3 fish, 9% age-2.2 fish, and 3% age-2.3 fish. The Naknek River escapement goal range is 800,000 to 2.0 million sockeye salmon. The Kvichak River escapement goal range is 2.0 million to 10.0 million sockeye salmon. The Alagnak River escapement goal is a minimum of 210,000 sockeye salmon. Escapements will be managed within the lower or upper portions of the escapement goals, proportional to the run size based on the preseason forecast and inseason assessment of run size. Fishing in the entire Naknek-Kvichak District for both drift and set gillnets will be open four days per week from 9:00 a.m. Monday to 9:00 a.m. Friday, beginning 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 1 and ending 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 24. From June 24 until July 17, fishing periods will be based on sockeye salmon escapements, abundance in the district, and gear group harvest allocation percentages. District test fishing for inseason management may be conducted periodically depending on run characteristics. As in previous years, some openings could occur on short notice.

 

Egegik District

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The 2022 Egegik River inshore run is forecast to be approximately 16.0 million sockeye salmon. With an escapement goal of 800,000 to 2.0 million fish, the potential harvestable surplus is 14.3 million fish. Approximately 49% of the run is expected to be age-1.2 fish, followed by age-2.2 (21%), age-1.3 (22%), and age 2.3 (8%).

In 2022, separate gear openings and extensions will be used to adjust harvest in an attempt to achieve allocation percentages. Fishermen are reminded that regulations direct the department to avoid “to the extent practicable,” continuous fishing with set gillnet gear in the Egegik District, therefore, Egegik set gillnet fishermen should expect breaks in fishing.

Based on the Kvichak River sockeye salmon forecast, fishing will begin in the full Egegik District. The season will start with a three day per week schedule that will be in effect until June 17. The primary reason for the three day per week schedule is to provide for king salmon escapement. Commercial fishing will be allowed in the Egegik District from 9:00 a.m. Monday, until 9:00 a.m. Wednesday and from 9:00 a.m. Thursday until 9:00 a.m. Friday. This schedule will begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 1 and run through 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 17, after which additional fishing time for both gear groups will be scheduled according to sockeye salmon run strength. As in previous years, some openings could occur on short notice.

 

Ugashik District

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The 2022 forecasted inshore run of sockeye salmon to the Ugashik River is 6.1 million fish. With an escapement goal of 500,000 to 1.4 million sockeye salmon, the potential surplus is 4.9 million fish. Approximately 52% of the run is expected to be age-1.3 fish, 31% age-1.2 fish, 11% age-2.2 fish, and 6% age-2.3 fish. Separate gear openings and adjusting length of commercial periods will be used to address allocation between gear groups in 2022.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, commercial fishing in the Ugashik District will be allowed on a 9:00 a.m. Monday to 9:00 a.m. Friday schedule through 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 24. With an expected run to the Kvichak River that exceeds the minimum escapement goal stipulated in regulation, fishing will begin in the full Ugashik District. Additional fishing time after June 24 will depend on fishery performance and run strength indicators. Permit holders should note that the regulation restricting opportunity to no more than 48 hours between June 16 and June 23 will not be in effect for 2022.

As a reminder, Area T permit holders have the ability to fish in the inner portion of the Cinder River Section (river and lagoon) and the Inner Port Heiden Section during all months when these sections are open by regulation. For further information contact ADF&G in Port Moller at 907-375-2716. Area T permit holders who fish the Cinder River and Port Heiden sections and deliver their catch in the Ugashik District are reminded to report the section of catch on the appropriate fish tickets and note that transporting fish from the sections mentioned above to deliver in the Ugashik District is not permitted during July.

It is unknown at this time whether walrus will return to the Cape Greig area. If they do, the department will use the adjusted line as with previous years. If they do not, the district boundaries will revert to those in regulation at 5 AAC 06.200(d). The first announcement of the 2022 season will clarify which boundary will be in place for the summer.

 


Copper River and PWS Drift Gillnet

Last updated: Friday, May 20

The Copper River District opened to commercial fishing for a 12-hour fishing period on May 19. This was the second fishing period of the 2022 season. The Miles Lake field camp was deployed on Saturday, May 7. The cumulative sonar count through May 19 is 98 fish whereas 6,354 fish are projected by this date. The count for May 18 (recorded at 0600) is 48 fish. Only the north bank sonar has been deployed so far this season. The north bank sonar was first deployed at 1300 on May 17 and 24-hour data collection is anticipated from this point forward. Shore ice and ice flows are currently preventing south bank sonar deployment. Based on the recent poor Chinook and sockeye salmon production, a conservative management approach will be implemented at the start of the season. Waters inside of the barrier islands from Steamboat through the eastern end of the district were closed for the fishing period on May 19.

The 2022 commercial harvest forecast for the Copper River District are 716,000 sockeye and 211,000 coho salmon. The Chinook salmon harvest (all fisheries) is projected to be below the 10-year (2012-2021) average of 12,577 fish. The 2022 sockeye salmon harvest forecast is 38% below the 10-year (2012-2021) average of 1.09 million fish. Break-up of the Copper River is late and river water levels are low for this date.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Prince William Sound and Copper River Management Area.


Prince William Sound Purse Seine

Last updated: Friday, May 20

The 2022 pink salmon total run forecast for Prince William Sound (PWS) is 26.84 million fish, of which 19.02 million fish will be available for harvest. This pink salmon total run forecast includes 5.04 million wild stock fish, 13.50 million Valdez Fisheries Development Association (VFDA) fish, and 8.30 million Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC) hatchery fish. Approximately 3.60 million (27%) of the projected 13.50 million VFDA pink salmon return will be needed for cost recovery and broodstock, leaving 9.90 million fish available for commercial harvest. Approximately 3.44 million (41%) of the projected 8.30 million pink salmon run to the PWSAC hatcheries will be needed for cost recovery and broodstock, leaving 4.86 million fish available for commercial harvest. Based on the department’s wild stock pink salmon forecast of 5.04 million fish, there is a potential harvestable surplus of 4.25 million wild pink salmon. The department will manage for each district’s aerial index escapement goal for a cumulative sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 575,000–992,000 pink salmon.

The 2022 chum salmon forecast is 3.45 million fish. The majority, 3.12 million (90%), are from PWSAC hatchery production, with 360,000 fish returning to the Armin F. Koernig hatchery (AFK), and 280,000 fish returning to Port Chalmers. Based on the department’s wild chum salmon forecast of 332,000 fish, there is a potential harvestable surplus of 197,000 wild chum salmon. The department will manage for each district’s escapement goal for a combined total of 135,000 fish.

The PWS purse seine fishery will begin on Thursday, June 2 targeting the enhanced chum salmon runs to the AFK hatchery and Port Chalmers remote release site. Both Port Chalmers and the AFK hatchery will begin the season on a concurrent schedule of three fishing periods per week. A reduction in time and/or area will be implemented, if necessary, to limit the harvest of salmon bound for other areas of PWS. Port Chalmers will close in late July, after which purse seine fishing periods will be opened based on the strength of wild pink salmon stocks returning to the Montague District. Also in late July, AFK will transition to pink salmon management, purse seine fishing opportunity in the Southwestern District will be based on PWSAC cost recovery and broodstock needs, and wild stock escapement performance. Anadromous stream closures and regulatory closed waters within the open areas at AFK and Port Chalmers will be suspended during June and July to facilitate the harvest of enhanced chum salmon.

The general waters of the eight purse seine districts will be managed based on the strength of wild stocks. Hatchery subdistricts will be managed based on the strength of both wild and enhanced stocks. Pink and chum salmon aerial escapement trends and fishery performance data will be evaluated inseason and compared to average historical performance to determine the frequency and duration of openings.

The department will use yellow Salmon Harvest Task Force markers, if needed, to close terminal wild stock areas for both escapement and quality concerns. The coordinates for these markers are available to the public at the Cordova ADF&G office, online, and are included in an annual fishery news release. There may be additional area and time manipulations throughout the season to provide commercial fishing opportunity, disperse the fleet, and obtain fishery performance data.

Valdez Arm, Valdez Narrows, and Port Valdez will be managed for VFDA’s cost recovery and broodstock needs. Commercial purse seine openings in Valdez Arm and Port Valdez targeting VFDA pink salmon will be based on the strength of the enhanced run and VFDA’s progress towards achieving the pink salmon cost recovery goal. Typically, openings targeting VFDA fish generally start during the first week of July with regularly scheduled 14-hour periods (6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.). In the remainder of the Eastern District, openings will be based on wild stock escapement trends. On August 15, Port Valdez will be closed to commercial fishing north of a line from Entrance Point to Potato Point. Commercial fishing in the Valdez Narrows Subdistrict will open on September 6 to target surplus VFDA coho salmon. The VFDA enhanced coho salmon forecast is 74,600 fish with a forecasted commercial harvest of 29,000 fish.

The AFK, Cannery Creek Hatchery (CCH), and Wally Noerenberg Hatchery (WNH) pink salmon runs will be managed collectively to achieve PWSAC’s cost recovery and broodstock goals. Prior to run entry sustaining consistent hatchery cost recovery harvest, the department may open the WNH, CCH, and AFK Hatchery terminal harvest areas (THAs) and special harvest areas (SHAs) to commercial fishery harvest to maintain pink salmon quality. Once PWSAC initiates cost recovery, they typically intend to complete at least 70–80% of their pink salmon cost recovery harvest goal prior to recommending any commercial fishery openings in the hatchery subdistricts. To allow for an orderly and consistent commercial fishery, the department will work closely with PWSAC to achieve the pink salmon cost recovery goal as efficiently as possible. The department evaluates late pink salmon run progress based on cost recovery harvest, commercial fishery harvest and effort, broodstock collections, sex ratios, stock composition estimates, and wild stock escapement data.

The first Advisory Announcement for PWS Purse Seine Fisheries is expected to be released in statistical week 22 (week of May 23).

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Prince William Sound and Copper River Management Area.


Upper Cook Inlet

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

In 2022, a run of approximately 4.97 million sockeye salmon is forecast to return to Upper Cook Inlet (UCI) with an estimate of 2.97 million fish available for harvest (commercial, sport, personal use, and subsistence). The commercial fishery harvest is estimated to be approximately 1.4 million sockeye salmon, which is 1.3 million fish less than the 20-year average annual commercial sockeye salmon harvest of 2.7 million fish.

Season opening dates in 2022 for the various fisheries around the inlet are as follows:

  • Northern District king salmon fishery: May 30. The area from the wood chip dock to the Susitna River remains closed for the directed Chinook salmon fishery in 2022.
  • Big River fishery: June 1 and continuing through June 24, unless the 1,000 Chinook salmon harvest limit is reached prior to that date. Weekly fishing periods are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Western Subdistrict set gillnet fishery: June 16.
  • Drift gillnet fishery: June 20.
  • All remaining set gillnet fisheries, except the ESSN fishery: June 27.
  • East Side Set Net (ESSN) fishery
    • June 25 for the Kasilof Section (that portion south of the Blanchard Line). However, the fishery shall open any day on or after June 20 if 30,000 sockeye salmon are estimated to be in the Kasilof River.
    • The North Kalifornsky Beach (NKB) statistical area 244-32 may open from July 1 when the Kasilof Section is open to commercial fishing, and is restricted to within 600 feet of shore with nets 29 meshes or less in depth and with mesh less than 4 ¾ inches
    • The Kenai and East Forelands sections (that portion of the Upper Subdistrict north of the Blanchard Line) will open on Friday, July 8. By regulation, the ESSN fishery closes on Monday, August 15, 2022.

 

Please see the 2022 Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Fishing Outlook (PDF 589 kB) for more information on fishing strategies.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Upper Cook Inlet Management Area.


Lower Cook Inlet

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

The overall commercial common property harvest from Lower Cook Inlet (LCI) is forecast to be 1.7 million salmon, of which 340,300 fish (20.3%) are anticipated to be of hatchery origin harvested from special harvest areas (SHAs). Additional hatchery-origin fish are harvested incidentally with wild fish outside of SHAs. Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) forecasts a total of 223,200 hatchery-produced sockeye salmon and 2.7 million pink salmon to return to LCI release sites in 2022. Of those, CIAA projects to harvest 134,400 sockeye salmon (60.2%) and 2.5 million pink salmon (90.8%) for cost recovery and broodstock.

Portions of the Southern District are expected to open to set gillnet commercial gear for the 2022 season on Thursday, June 2 at 6:00 a.m. for a 48-hour period. Subsequent commercial fishing periods will likely be 48 hours in length beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, as specified in regulation. The harvest projections for this district and gear are 200 Chinook, 1,400 coho, 2,100 chum, 26,900 sockeye, and 50,400 pink salmon. The Port Graham Subdistrict is anticipated to open to commercial set gillnet harvest on June 2 and remain on a schedule concurrent with other areas in the Southern District for this gear. Fishing time in the Port Graham Subdistrict will be closely linked to escapement levels in English Bay and Port Graham rivers.

Additional areas in the Southern District will open to commercial purse seine harvest in mid-June, coinciding with enhanced runs to Leisure and Hazel lakes. Historically, this run peaks in mid-July. CIAA forecasts a return of 75,900 sockeye salmon to Leisure and Hazel lakes combined, as well as 38,900 sockeye salmon to Tutka Bay. Of those, all fish returning to Leisure and Hazel lakes will be available for harvest, and 35,500 (91.3%) of the sockeye salmon return to Tutka Lagoon will be used for cost recovery and broodstock purposes. A total of 2.7 million hatchery-produced pink salmon are anticipated to return to release sites in the Southern District. Of those, 2.5 million pink salmon (90.8%) will be required for cost recovery and broodstock purposes. Commercial fishing time after mid-July will be based on pink salmon escapement at Humpy Creek, Seldovia Bay, Port Graham, and other locations in this district.

Hatchery sockeye salmon runs to the Eastern District are forecasted by CIAA to be 78,100 fish, of which CIAA has identified 71,600 (91.7%) for cost recovery and broodstock purposes. Wild stock harvest opportunity in the Eastern District will be linked to aerial survey observations of wild sockeye and pink salmon escapements to Aialik Lake and other spawning systems in this district. Surveys of chum salmon stocks in Resurrection Bay and Day Harbor may be flown, weather, time, and budget permitting.

Portions of the Outer District may open to commercial harvest in mid-July focusing on sockeye salmon runs to McCarty Fjord lakes. In recent years, escapement to McCarty Fjord systems (Delight, Desire, and Delusion lakes) have been monitored by aerial survey and weir at Delight Lake. Sockeye salmon escapement into Delight Lake will be monitored again by CIAA using a weir in 2022.

Waters in the western portion of the Outer District may be open by late-July, focusing on pink and chum salmon runs to Port Dick, as well as Windy and Rocky bays. There are numerous other smaller systems in the Nuka Passage area that are also monitored for chum and pink salmon. Dogfish Bay, Chugach Bay, and Port Chatham in the western portion of the district will be evaluated for chum and pink salmon harvest potential from August to early September. The harvest projections for the Outer District are 4,400 sockeye, 23,900 chum, and 726,500 pink salmon.

Portions of the Kamishak Bay District typically open by regulation to commercial harvest on June 1. Commercial harvest projections for this district are 74,600 sockeye, 8,400 chum, and 23,200 pink salmon. The majority of sockeye salmon harvest is expected to come from the Chenik Lake run while the chum salmon harvest has historically been spread throughout the district. The department expects to open Chenik Lagoon in mid-June and remain open throughout much of the season. Hatchery-released sockeye salmon returns to the Kirschner Lake outfall remote release site are forecast to be 30,300 fish, of which 27,300 (90.1%) are expected to be required for hatchery cost recovery. The department tracks salmon escapement in this district using remote video monitoring sites at Chenik and Mikfik lakes, as well as regular aerial survey observations of pink and chum salmon index streams.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Lower Cook Inlet Management Area.


Westward Region

Kodiak

Last updated: Friday, May 13

The 2022 Kodiak Management Area (KMA) preseason forecast projects a harvest of approximately 3,254,800 sockeye, 453,300 coho, 19,437,600 pink, and 777,100 chum salmon. It is anticipated that approximately 185 seiners and 165 set gillnetters will participate in KMA fisheries this year. Weir projects in the KMA are not yet operational.

 

Outlook for KMA June and July Sockeye Salmon

  • Karluk River: The Karluk River early-run forecast projects a total run of 251,000 sockeye salmon. The target escapement goal is 200,000 sockeye salmon and a harvest estimate of 42,000 fish.
  • Ayakulik River: The Ayakulik River forecast projects a total run of 1,170,000 sockeye salmon. The target escapement goal is 400,000 sockeye salmon and a harvest estimate of 770,000 fish.
  • Upper Station: The Upper Station early-run forecast projects a total run of 195,000 sockeye salmon. The target escapement goal is 93,000 sockeye salmon and a harvest estimate of 102,000 fish.
  • Frazer Lake: The Frazer Lake forecast projects a total run of 437,000 sockeye salmon. The target escapement goal is 190,000 sockeye salmon and a harvest estimate of 247,000 fish.
  • Spiridon Lake: The Spiridon Lake forecast projects a total run of 192,000 sockeye salmon. Approximately 67,500 are projected to be harvested for cost recovery.
  • Other Hatchery Sockeye Salmon:  Other KMA hatchery sockeye salmon enhancement projects are projected to harvest a total of 23,900 fish.
  • Cape Igvak: The Cape Igvak Section of the Mainland District is projected to harvest 0 sockeye salmon.
  • Minor Sockeye systems:  There are no formal forecasts for the minor sockeye salmon stocks of Little River, Uganik, Afognak, Thorsheim, Pauls, Persnosa, Buskin, Pasagshak, Saltery, Miam, Ocean Beach, Horse Marine, Akalura, Kaflia, or Swikshak.

Outlook for KMA August and September Sockeye Salmon

  • Karluk River: The Karluk River late-run forecast projects a total run of 927,000 sockeye salmon. The target escapement goal is 325,000 sockeye salmon and a harvest estimate of 602,000 fish.
  • Upper Station: The Upper Station late-run forecast projects a total run of 487,000 sockeye salmon. The target escapement goal is 186,000 sockeye salmon and a harvest estimate of 301,000 fish.

Outlook for KMA Chum Salmon Fishery (June, July and August)

  • Wild stock (July and August): The KMA wild chum salmon harvest is expected to be 644,300 fish.
  • Kitoi Bay Hatchery (June and July): The hatchery is projecting a return in excess of broodstock needs of 148,900 chum salmon.

Outlook for Kodiak Pink Salmon Fishery (July and August)

  • Wild Stock: The KMA wild pink salmon forecast projects a total run of 19,400,000 fish. The target escapement goal is 5,000,000 pink salmon and a harvest estimate of 14,900,000 fish.
  • Kitoi Bay Hatchery: The hatchery is projecting a return in excess of broodstock needs of 4,500,000 pink salmon. Approximately 820,000 fish are projected to be harvested for cost recovery.

Outlook for Kodiak Coho Salmon Fishery (August and September)

  • Wild stock (August and September): The KMA wild coho salmon harvest is expected to be 304,400 fish.
  • Kitoi Bay Hatchery (August and September): The hatchery is projecting a return in excess of broodstock needs of 148,900 coho salmon. No cost recovery is planned on this hatchery stock.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Kodiak Management Area.


North Peninsula

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

Deployment of the Northern District weirs and field camps (Sandy, Bear, Ilinik, and Nelson River) will start on Wednesday, May 25. 

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Alaska Peninsula Management Area webpage.


South Peninsula

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

No commercial salmon fishing will occur in the waters of the South Alaska Peninsula Management Area (Area M) until June 6, 2022. The first scheduled commercial salmon fishing period will begin on Monday, June 6 at 6:00 a.m. until Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 p.m. for set gillnet gear only.

No escapement information is currently available. No aerial surveys have been flown yet, which is normal for this time of year. There is one salmon enumeration project operated in the South Alaska Peninsula Management Area, the Orzinski Weir. Typically, the Orzinski Weir is installed in the second week of June.

At this time not much information is known about the level of participation for the commercial salmon fishing fleet for the South Alaska Peninsula Management Area. There is one management plan in the South Alaska Peninsula Management Area that has allocative ties to another area. The Southeastern District Mainland Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 09.360) is based off the Chignik Management Area (Area L) harvest. No commercial salmon fishing has occurred in Chignik at this time.

ADF&G will be conducting a preseason fishery stakeholder’s meeting, which has not yet been scheduled. This annual event is a chance for the fishermen, processors, members of the public, and other agencies to discuss the upcoming salmon fishing season in Area M with the ADF&G Management staff.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Alaska Peninsula Management Area webpage.


Chignik

Last updated: Friday, May 20

No commercial salmon fishing will occur in the waters of the Chignik Management Area until sockeye salmon escapement goals are met. No escapement information is currently available. No aerial surveys have been flown yet, which is normal for this time of year. There is one salmon enumeration project operated in the Chignik Area, the Chignik Weir. Typically, the Chignik Weir is installed in the first week of June; the department anticipates the weir should be fish tight by late May or early June. At this time not much information is known about the level of participation for the commercial salmon fishing fleet for the Chignik Management Area. The department will be conducting a preseason fishery stakeholder meeting, which has not yet been scheduled. This annual event is a chance for the fishermen, processors, members of the public, and other agencies to discuss the upcoming salmon fishing season with management staff.

 

For Advisory Announcements detailing the specific information related to the fishery visit the Advisory Announcements webpage.

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Chignik Management Area webpage.


Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim (AYK) Region

Yukon River

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

Commercial fishing opportunity is not expected for the Yukon River Area in 2022. The drainagewide summer chum salmon outlook is for a run size of 333,000 fish, with a range of 162,000 to 542,000 fish. The run is likely to be below the drainagewide escapement goal of 500,000 to 1,200,000 fish.

Fall chum salmon projection will be revised in early July based on summer chum salmon run size. The outlook for fall chum salmon is a range of 78,000 to 148,000 fish, which is below the drainagewide escapement goal of 300,000 to 600,000 fish. Chinook and coho salmon run outlooks are also poor and below average.

The full 2022 outlook flier can be found here: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/1368784388.pdf

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Yukon Management Area.


Kuskokwim River

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

There are currently no registered commercial fishery buyers for the 2022 season in the Kuskokwim Management Area. The 2022 Kuskokwim River Chinook salmon forecast is for a range of 99,000–161,000 fish. The drainage-wide Chinook salmon escapement goal is 65,000–120,000 fish. If the run comes back as projected, the drainage-wide escapement goal is expected to be achieved and a full subsistence harvest may be realized. Average to above average runs of sockeye salmon and coho salmon, and below average chum salmon are expected in 2022. Escapement information will not be available until projects begin operation in mid-June. The standard suite of weirs, sonar, test fisheries, and aerial surveys will operate in the 2022 season.

Subsistence fishing closures for Chinook salmon will go into effect on June 1, 2022 in the lower Kuskokwim River and proceed upstream through the subsistence fishing sections until June 11, 2022.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Kuskokwim Management Area.


Norton Sound

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

Commercial fishing is expected to begin the first week of July with directed pink salmon gillnet openings. The pink salmon run is expected to be average for an even-numbered year, but below the last 3 even-numbered year record runs. Few to no chum salmon fishing openings are anticipated based on the expected low chum salmon run. The coho salmon run should be much improved over last year’s very poor run when fishing was restricted to one 24-hour fishing period per week. If the coho salmon run comes in as expected the department expects to use the normal weekly schedule of two 48-hour fishing periods a week in August.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Norton Sound & Kotzebue Management Area.


Kotzebue

Last updated: Wednesday, May 11

Commercial fishing in the Kotzebue area starts on July 10. The department expects a run like last year when just under 100,000 chum salmon were harvested. The commercial fishing schedule is expected to be greatly reduced again in hours and days fished.

 

For more information, please visit the ADF&G website for the Norton Sound & Kotzebue Management Area.