ADF&G Announces 2013 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 preseason Chinook salmon all-gear harvest quota for Southeast Alaska in 2013 is 176,000 fish. This year’s quota is 90,000 fish lower than the 2012 allowable preseason Chinook all-gear harvest level of 266,800.
The annual all-gear quota for Southeast Alaska is determined by the Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission. The quota is based on the forecast of an aggregate abundance of Pacific 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 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 the regulations that will be in place for the 2013 season can be found in news releases from the ADF&G Sport Fish and Commercial Fisheries Divisions.
- Troll Quota: 129,862
- Drift Gillnet: 5,104
- Purse Seine: 7,568
- Set Gillnet: 1,000
- Sport: 32,466
This is a decrease of 67,410 kings in the troll fishery from last year.
Links to those releases are below:
Summary of King Salmon SPORT FISH REGULATIONS AS OF APRIL 8th, 2013
The bag and possession limit (resident and nonresident) is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length;
A nonresident annual harvest limit and recording requirements apply as follows:
o From January 1 through June 30, a nonresident’s harvest limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length;
o From July 1 through July 15, a nonresident’s harvest limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from January 1 through June 30 will apply toward the two fish harvest limit;
o From July 16 through December 31, a nonresident’s harvest limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, and any king salmon harvested by the nonresident from January 1 through July 15 will apply toward the one fish harvest limit.
o Immediately upon landing and retaining a king salmon nonresidents must enter the species, date and location, in ink, on the back of their sport fishing license or harvest record.
From October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014; resident sport anglers may use two rods while fishing for king salmon; a resident using two rods may only retain king salmon.