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.
Sitka and Hoonah Area – Justin Koller, Forest Service, Tongass National Forest
Justin Koller, (907)747-4297 email@example.com
On August 9th, 27 sockeye passed the weir bringing the season total to 16,453. The in-season model is predicting 20,762 sockeye will enter the lake this year with mean absolute percent error 19,399-20,125. Based on the predicted escapement and in accordance with the Redoubt Lake Management Plan, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game increased the subsistence sockeye individual/household limit to 25 in possession and 100 annual effective July 16th. The sport bag and possession limit was increased to six sockeye.
The Forest Service and the Organized Village of Kake operate the Falls Lake trap and video net weirs. As of August 9th, 1,403 sockeye have been trapped and about 1,300 sockeye have been harvested in the subsistence fishery. Preliminary estimates indicate that there are about 2,300 sockeye in the lake. The final escapement in 2013 was estimated at 1,120 while the final subsistence and sport harvest in the marine terminal area was 880. Subsistence harvest accounted for over 98% of terminal area harvest.
The Sitka Tribe of Alaska operates the sockeye monitoring weir at Klag Bay. As of August 8th, 859 sockeye have been counted at the Klag Bay weir and 3,253 have been harvested in the subsistence fishery. In 2013, a total of 6,896 sockeye migrated past the weir while an estimated total of 4,550 sockeye were harvested in the marine terminal area subsistence and sport fishery. Subsistence harvest accounted for over 99% of terminal area harvest.