Commercial Fishing Open in Kasilof Special Harvest Area

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has opened commercial set and drift gillnet fishing in the in the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. today Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

During the fishing period in the KRSHA, the navigation channel is closed to all commercial fishing with set gillnet gear including nets and anchor lines.

The outside terminal area boundaries are 600 feet south of the normal commercial regulatory marker located one mile north of the Kasilof River to 600 feet north of the normal commercial regulatory marker located one mile south of the Kasilof River.

Pat Shields, Commercial Fisheries Biologist with the Soldotna Fish and Game office said that any fish caught during the terminal area fishery should be delivered on a separate fish ticket using statistical area 244-25 for set gillnet and 244-26 for drift gillnet.

Shields also said that the optimal escapement goal for Kasilof River sockeye salmon is 160,000–390,000 fish. More than 430,000 sockeye salmon are estimated to have passed the Kasilof sonar through 12:00 noon on July 23. Commercial fishing is occurring in the Kasilof River Special Harvest area in order to slow the passage of sockeye salmon to the Kasilof River.

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