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FISHERIES UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 6 - July 12, 2014



07/14/2014


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

FISHERIES UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 6 - July 12, 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

To be updated next week.

Wrangell/Petersburg Area – Bob Larson, Forest Service, Tongass National Forest
(907) 772-5930 robertlarson@fs.fed.us

Week ending July 12, 2014; statistical week 28

There have been 98 Stikine River subsistence fishing permits issued and harvest conditions good. The catch estimate through Saturday, July 12 is 40 Chinook salmon and 900 sockeye salmon. Pink salmon returns to the Southeast Region remain weak with the Hawk Inlet test fishery only catching 27% of the recent 10 year average. Halibut are abundant in the sport fishery. 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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