YAKUTAT, Alaska–Yakutat District Ranger Lee Benson has announced that he is acting immediately to protect Chinook salmon in the Situk River near Yakutat. The district ranger, as in-season manager, will not issue Federal Subsistence Fishing permits for the taking of Chinook salmon in the Situk River unless the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) estimates that the weir count of large, three ocean-age and older, Chinook salmon will be within their biological escapement goal range and they reopen the State’s subsistence fishery for Chinook salmon in the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet. The Alaska Board of Fish has set the biological escapement goal range between 450 and 1,050 large Chinook salmon in the Situk River and State biologists have forecasted a return of 826 large Chinook salmon to the river in 2014. Subsistence fishing
for species other than Chinook salmon in the Situk River continues to be permitted but the use of gillnets or bait when fishing with rod and reel will not be permitted at this time. All Chinook salmon incidentally caught must be immediately released back into the water with as little handling as possible.
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