29 Kings Short, Set Netters Closed for 2013

Posted: August 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Pat Shields: “The Kenai River King Salmon escapement estimate for Tuesday, August 13th was 274 fish, bringin the season total to 14,971 in escapement. The minimum goal is 15,000 fish. A decision was made earlier today that the East Side Set Net fishery will not fish tomorrow, Thursday, August 15th. This ends the season for set netting on the east side for the 2013 season.”


That was the decision broadcast by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game this afternoon. Drifters will have one final opening tomorrow before they’re also closed.


Paul Shadura II, one of the Board Members for the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association said it was a travesty to keep set netters waiting for weeks only to come so close to the goal and not be opened.


Shadura: “As of Tuesday evening there was enough kings in the river, they’re 29 kings short from attaining their 15,000 escapement goal, actual spawning goal, and that’s above the 1,600, 1,700 that were harvested in-river, above the counter. So, we feel that the Department’s now managing on social management again and not managing for the science.”

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2 Comments to “29 Kings Short, Set Netters Closed for 2013”

  • john q public says:

    Let’s be clear here. the biologists are there to protect the salmon and i praise their decision. they waited until the last minute because no one knew how many kings would be arriving. what did they expect? should the set netters be able to fish in hopes that enough kings would arrive? that makes no sense. and, one more thing. I might be ignorant of some of the facts here. but, are the set netters being observed when they pick their nets to see how many kings they actually catch? i believe not. I had heard they, “self report.” anyone that’s been in Alaska for a while knows it’s common for the set netter to sell kings, “under the table.” I have been told as much by a set netter. If they were not trying to hide anything, they would not be selling them this way. How about fish and game observers monitoring the set netters to see once and for all how many kings they are catching. seems too common sense to me. if they are not the problem, let them fish. simple as that…………….am i missing something here???

  • Ed says:

    John Q Hearsay is cheap…….. and so is your comment