Troll Chinook Quota Announced

ADFG Press Release 

Petersburg. . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that under management provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the 2009 Southeast Alaska all-gear harvest quota is 218,800 Treaty Chinook salmon. This abundance-based quota represents an increase of approximately 48,800 fish when compared with the last year’s all-gear quota of 170,000 fish. The 2009 preseason abundance index (AI) is 1.33, up from the 2008 preseason AI of 1.07. This results in a commercial troll fishery preseason Chinook salmon harvest allocation of 161,638 fish. The all-gear Chinook salmon quota is allocated among commercial and sport fisheries according to management plans established by the Alaska Board of Fisheries [5 AAC 29.060(b) and 47. 055]. The 2009 Pacific Salmon Treaty agreement mandates a 15% reduction in the Southeast Alaska Chinook salmon quota from the 1999 Treaty Agreement at any given AI. The need for continuation of this level of reduction will be reviewed by the Pacific Salmon Commission in 2014.

2009 Treaty Chinook Allocation

All-gear Treaty Quota 218,800

Purse seine 9,408

Drift gillnet 6,345

Set gillnet 1,000

Troll 161,638

Sport 40,409

Trollers are advised that the catch allocations presented here do not include the majority of Taku RiverChinook salmon that may be harvested in commercial and sport fisheries in District 11. For more information on the Taku River fishery, please refer to the news release issued on March 19, 2009. The increase in the all-gear quota and the troll allocation will likely result in increased fishing time and harvest opportunities for Chinook salmon in the summer troll fishery compared to 2008. However, because we don’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 increased 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. The summer fishery will be managed to harvest 70% of the total summer quota in the first summer Chinook salmon opening. The decision as to whether the first summer opening will be managed in season rather than for a fixed number of days will be announced just prior to the July 1 opening.

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