Federal subsistence fishery for Eulachon closed in Federal waters within District 1

KETCHIKAN, Alaska – Ketchikan Misty Fjords District Ranger Susan A. Howle, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, is closing the Federal public waters that flow into District 1 to the taking of Eulachon from 12:01 a.m. on March 1, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2020, due to anticipated low Eulachon returns.

Last edited 01/25/2022
Contact Information

Susan A. Howle
USDA Forest Service
Phone: 907-228-4100

Fax: 907-225-8738

Email: susan.howle@usda.gov

Any Eulachon caught in this area must be immediately returned into the water unharmed. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) will also be closing State managed subsistence and personal use fisheries for Eulachon in District 1.

Portions of District 1 have been closed since 2005 due to low Eulachon returns. Based on returns observed in recent years, it is anticipated that all Eulachon returning to District 1 in 2020 will be needed for spawning to rebuild area populations.

The Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger District, in cooperation with ADF&G, and Ketchikan Indian Community will continue to monitor returns to District 1 systems.

For additional information, please contact Susan Howle at 907-228-4100, Jon Hyde at 907-228- 4137, or Jeff Reeves at 907-826-1649. Maps of District 1 are available at USDA Forest Service offices. Maps and additional information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program can be found on the web at www.doi.gov/subsistence.

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