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ADF&G Announces 2011 Southeast Alaska Chinook Salmon Harvest Quota

(Juneau) – Under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces that the all-gear Chinook salmon harvest quota for Southeast Alaska in 2011 is 294,800 fish.  This is an increase of 73,000 fish over last year’s pre-season quota of 221,800.

The annual all-gear harvest level for Southeast Alaska is determined by the Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission.  The quota is based on the forecast abundance of an aggregate of West Coast Chinook salmon stocks subject to management under the treaty.  Most Chinook salmon produced in Alaska hatcheries may be harvested in addition to the annual treaty limit.

The annual Chinook harvest in Southeast is allocated to sport, commercial troll, and commercial net fisheries under management plans specified by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.  Information on those allocations and regulations that will be in place for the 2011 season can be found in news releases from the ADF&G Sport Fish and Commercial Fisheries Divisions.  Links to those releases are below:

Sport Fish:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.NR&NRID=1332

Commercial Fisheries:  http://documents.cf1.adfg.state.ak.us/SubtopicContents.po?ERA=Current&TOPIC=01&SUBTOPIC=tro

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