Kenai River dipnetting to close early due to low sockeye returns

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SOLDOTNA, Alaska (KTUU) — 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.

(Read the Emergency Order here)

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.

(Read the Emergency Order here)

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