Gillnet King Salmon Opening Announced in District 8

Wrangell. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the first opening of the 

Southeast Alaska drift gillnet fishery beginning Monday, May 5, 2008. This opening is directed at returns of Stikine River king salmon and will occur in the following areas: 

District 8: will be open from 8:00 a.m., Monday, May 5 through 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 7 with the following restrictions: Stikine River: waters off the Stikine River will be closed north and west of a line from Babbler Point to Hour Point, and north and east of a line from Point Highfield to the southern end of Liesnoi Island to the southern end of Greys Island to the small island near the eastern entrance of Blind Slough to the nearest point of Mitkof Island, and south and east of a line from the prominent point of Mitkof Island nearest Coney Island to the northern end of Coney Island to a point 500 yards north of Jap Creek on the mainland shore. Beacon Point/Point Frederick Area: waters of Frederick Sound will be closed west of a line from the District 10 boundary one nautical mile off the Kupreanof Island shoreline to Sukoi Island Light to Point Frederick. Bear Creek (Eastern Mitkof Island): waters of Frederick Sound will be closed south of 56 42.91’ N. lat., and west of 132 41.38’ W. long. Wrangell Harbor Area: waters off the Stikine River will be closed within one-quarter mile of the shoreline on the western side of Wrangell Island north of the latitude of Cemetery Point. 

 

Gillnet Gear Restrictions: The gear allowed will be the standard length and depth (300 fathoms and 60 meshes); from the first Monday in May through the second Saturday in June, the minimum mesh size is 7 inches. Drift gillnet fishermen are asked to notify management biologists, who will be monitoring the fishery, of any incidences of steelhead catch. Gillnetters will be required to record any steelhead that are retained on fish tickets during the five weeks of the directed king salmon gillnet fishery. 

 

King salmon less than 28” that are harvested in the commercial drift gillnet fisheries may be retained and sold as usual. King salmon less than 28″ in length and those of Alaska hatchery origin will not be counted against the Alaskan share of the Pacific Salmon Treaty harvest. Processors should record the numbers of king salmon less than 28” on the fish tickets as well as the numbers of king salmon 28” or greater. Fish and Game samplers working at the processing facilities will identify hatchery-reared king salmon so those fish are not counted against the Alaskan share of the harvest. 

 

Copies of the “2008 Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan” may be obtained at department area offices and from the department web site: 

http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/region1/finfish/salmon/s1mp.php 

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