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Kenai River Early-Run Chinook Salmon Federal Subsistence Fishery Closed

  

The Federal subsistence fishery for early-run Chinook salmon will close
in the Kenai River downstream from the outlet of Skilak Lake beginning
12:01 a.m., Saturday, June 5, through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, July 14,
2010. This closure prohibits all subsistence fishing for Chinook salmon,
including both dip net and rod and reel fisheries. Chinook salmon may
not be retained or possessed. Chinook salmon accidentally caught while
fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be
released immediately.

The present passage rates of early-run Chinook salmon into the Kenai
River indicate that insufficient numbers of Chinook salmon may reach the
Kenai River to achieve the optimal escapement goal of 5,300-9,000 fish.
In addition to this restriction in the Federal subsistence fishery by
the Federal Subsistence Board, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game
has also closed the sport fishery.

For additional information, contact Federal In-season manager Doug
Palmer at (907) 262-9863. Additional information about the Federal
Subsistence Management Program can be found on the Web at
http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/home.html.

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