Petersburg. . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that under management provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the 2008 Southeast Alaska all-gear harvest quota is 170,000 treaty Chinook. This results in a commercial troll fishery pre-season Chinook salmon harvest allocation of 125,410 fish. These abundance-based harvest levels represent a reduction of approximately 48% from the 2007 quota.
The all-gear quota is allocated among commercial and sport fisheries according to management plans established by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The Chinook salmon allocations specified by gear group are as follows:
Purse seine 7,310
Set and drift gillnet 5,930
QUOTA: All-gear 170,000
Trollers are advised that the catch allocations presented here do not include the majority of Stikine River Chinook salmon that may be harvested in commercial and sport fisheries in District 8. For more information on this issue, please refer to the news release issued out of the Petersburg office on February 1, 2008. The reduction in the all-gear quota and the troll allocation will likely result in reduced fishing time and harvest opportunities for Chinook salmon in the summer troll fishery. However, because we donâ€™t know what the final harvest of non-Alaska hatchery fish (Treaty fish) will be in the winter and spring fisheries, the magnitude of any reduced fishing time will not actually be known until just prior to the first summer season Chinook salmon opening on July 1. The summer troll quota is calculated by subtracting the winter and spring fishery Treaty Chinook salmon harvest (there is no specific total limit on the number of Treaty Chinook salmon that may be harvested in the spring fishery) from the annual troll allocation and 70% of the total summer allocation is targeted in the first summer Chinook salmon opening. In addition, we do not know if the first summer opening will be managed inseason rather than for a fixed number of days and that decision will also be announced just prior to the July 1 opening.
Â The preseason Chinook salmon all-gear quota and troll allocation represent very significant reductions from the past six years and are the smallest preseason allowable catches since implementation of the 1999 Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement.