Chignik River Federal Subsistence Fishery for Chinook Salmon

For Immediate Release:
July 3, 2023

The Federal In-season Manager, pursuant to delegated authority from the Federal Subsistence Board under ANILCA Title VIII section 816, will issue an emergency special action (8-KS-01-23) to close fishing for Chinook Salmon to all users, non-federal and Federally qualified users, in Federal public waters of the Chignik River drainage, effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday July 5. 

Last edited 07/03/2023
Contact Information

Jonathon Gerken

(907) 271-2776 / (907) 891-3782

This action is necessary to ensure the continued viability of the Chignik River Chinook Salmon population. This action prohibits all fishing for Chinook Salmon and they may not be retained or possessed. Chinook Salmon accidentally caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

The biological escapement goal for Chinook Salmon in the Chignik River drainage is 1,300 to 2,700 fish. The weir count as of July 3 was 12 Chinook Salmon. Based on historical run timing, the current projected total escapement is approximately not expected to meet the lower range of escapement goal. Through Section 816 of ANILCA, this Emergency Special Action (8-KS-01-23) closes fishing for Chinook Salmon in the Federal public waters of the Chignik River drainage due to concerns about the viability of the population.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game fishery managers have implemented restrictions to sport and subsistence fisheries. Effective July 5, this emergency special action (8-KS-01-23) will close Chignik River Federal Public waters to the harvest of Chinook Salmon for all users concurrently with the closures of Chignik River state subsistence fishery and sport fishery for Chinook Salmon.

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FSB News Release 8 KS 01-23 [pdf]

ESA 8 KS 01-23 [pdf]

Joint NR ChigSubsistNR 1_23 [pdf]


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