Sockeye Run Tailing Off

East Side Set Netters still have 12 hours of fishing time which may be opened between now and August 15th. Management biologist Pat Shields said that time will likely be used sooner rather than later…


Shields: “It appears by what we’re seeing out in the marine environment – our test fisheries are done – but by what we’re seeing in the last couple days where we have fished, Saturday August 2nd and yesterday with the set net fishery, the sockeye run is declining and we don’t have any data out there that suggests we’ve got another push of sockeye yet to come.”

Shields said from a management perspective, 2014 was a relatively successful season, since they project they will meet the lower end of Kenai sockeye and king goals, though¬†in the Kasilof River, the upper end of the upper goal was exceeded. However, from a harvest standpoint, this was a difficult year for small businesses…

Shields: “North of the Blanchard Line, what we call the Kenai and East Forelands sections, the set net fishery there fished three times in [July] 2014 and caught about 100,000 sockeye. When you divide that catch out amongst the number of permit holders that fish there, you know I used the word bleak, that’s a pretty poor ex-vessel value or pretty poor financial season for those set netters.”

Depending on the number of pinks which come in over the next few days, set netters may be opened up for an additional fishing period later this month under the pink salmon management plan.

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