The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has opened commercial drift gillnet fishing in the Expanded Kenai and Expanded Kasilof Sections of the Upper Subdistrict today, Friday, July 26, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Pat Shields, Commercial Fisheries Biologist said that the optimal escapement goal (OEG) for Kasilof River sockeye salmon is 160,000–390,000 fish. More than 436,000 sockeye salmon are estimated to have passed the Kasilof sonar through July 24.
The Kenai River inriver sonar goal is 1,000,000 to 1,200,000 sockeye salmon.
More than 1,100,000 sockeye salmon are estimated to have passed the Kenai River sonar through July 24.
Commercial fishing is occurring in the area described above in order to harvest sockeye salmon migrating to the Kasilof and Kenai Rivers.
The department has also extended set and driftnet fishing in the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area from 10:00 p.m. last night until 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2013.