Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring King Fishing Canceled By Emergency Order

Local sport fishers won’t be able to get their early-season king salmon fix as the Juneau area will be closed for king salmon fishing from April 15 to June 14, according to a Monday emergency order from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The two-month closure comes as management biologists expect a second-straight year of record-low king salmon returns on the Taku River. “We’ve been in a period of low productivity, not just on the Taku, but on several rivers up and down the coast,” Juneau Area Management Biologist Daniel Teske said. “Forecasts for this coming season are expected to be well below our escapement goals, so we need to limit harvest as much as possible.” Source

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