The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently announced efforts to conserve king salmon stocks in the Upper Cook Inlet, that are already impacting commercial fisheries. We spoke to Pat Shields, a commercial fisheries biologist in Soldotna.
Shields: “We’re going to be closing the directed king salmon fishery in the in the Northern District of for their first period this year, which is scheduled for Monday, May 27, 2013. That period will be closed for king salmon conservation. Then their four remaining periods which are Mondays in June, the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th, they will be restricted from twelve hours each period to six hours each period .Then there’s an area up in the Northern District on the west side, from the wood chip dock to the Susitna River that will be closed, that area closed due to king salmon conservation.”