A strong fall chum run of 850,000 fish expected, and Fish and Game managers say that should be more than enough to meet subsistence and commercial needs.
Managers for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have announced the closure of sockeye salmon fishing in the Nome sub-district.
With Chinook and summer chum runs nearing completion amid tight restrictions, fishermen along the upriver Yukon Drainage are looking to fall chum for their best chance of harvesting salmon this season.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is announcing some unanticipated commercial openings in the Norton Sound region amid stronger-than-expected chum salmon runs.
The Kwik’Pak Fisheries plant in Emmonak lost 75,000 pounds of fish at the height of this year’s commercial salmon season because of a lack of water.
Early reports indicate Chinook salmon may reach escapement goals this year, but fishing for them remains closed along the entire Yukon River.
IN SPITE OF THIS SEASON’S unprecedented closure of fishing for Chinook salmon in Western Alaska, the state’s approach to policing wildlife has remained largely unchanged.
If you live near the Norton Sound, get ready for salmon.
Some subsistence users blame gold miners and regulators for failing to take into account the negative impacts mining is having on other resources around Nome.
The analysis potentially opens up the pollock fishing industry to new limitations and early closures, but falls far short of the immediate relief many subsistence users called for.