Kenai River dipnetting to close early due to low sockeye returns
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing the Kenai River personal use dipnet fishery starting 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 30, citing less-than-expected returns.
The fishery would normally have ended on July 31.
ADF&G says the closure is necessary to meet the sustainable escapement goal of 700,000 to 1.2 million late-run sockeye salmon in the Kenai River--a goal officials say "may not be met without a reduction in harvest of this stock."
The order says that additional restrictions on commercial and sport fisheries are also being implemented.
For sport fishermen, starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 30 through December 31, the bag and possession limit on the Kenai River from its mouth to Skilak Lake for a sockeye salmon larger than 16 inches is reduced to one per day, two in possession.