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FISHERIES UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 13



07/22/2014

Contact: Deborah Coble
(907) 786-3880 or (800) 478-1456

FISHERIES UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 13 - July 19, 2014.  

Compiled by George Pappas - (907) 786-3822, George_Pappas@fws.gov
Office of Subsistence Management, USFWS.

The purpose of the weekly fisheries update is to provide the reader with an overall summary of the status of subsistence related fisheries throughout the state of Alaska. The target audience is the Federal Subsistence Board and its Staff Committee. The report was compiled with the assistance of the Federal in-season managers and OSM staff that provided weekly updated information by the close of business on Friday of the reporting week. My goal is to have the report posted on the Office of Subsistence website by the close of business the following Monday. Web links have been included to provide additional information. You may obtain additional information on a fishery of particular interest by contacting the in-season manager, provided contacts, follow the provided web links, or contact me.


SOUTHEAST ALASKA


Sitka and Hoonah Area – Justin Koller, Forest Service, Tongass National Forest

Justin Koller, (907)747-4297 jpkoller@fs.fed.us

Deployed at Falls Lake project in the field. Report expected next week.

Wrangell/Petersburg Area – Bob Larson, Forest Service, Tongass National Forest

(907) 772-5930 robertlarson@fs.fed.us

Week ending July 19, 2014; statistical week 29

There have been 107 Stikine River subsistence fishing permits issued. The catch estimate through Saturday, July 19 is 45 Chinook salmon and 1,200 sockeye salmon. This summer’s rock slide on the Tahltan River, a major spawning tributary for both sockeye and Chinook salmon, appears to be a total barrier to salmon returning to upstream spawning areas. The Canadian government is initiating a helicopter transport program to move some fish above the barrier to perpetuate the stocks. The goal is to move 300 Chinook and 8,000 sockeye salmon. Pink salmon returns to northern Southeast Alaska are poor and returns to southern southeast are improving. The following link provides a summary of Southeast Alaska and Yakutat commercial fisheries:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyareasoutheast.salmonfishery_updates

 

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