UCI Management Changes
UPPER COOK INLET COMMERCIAL FISHING ANNOUNCEMENT No. 23
Assessment of Upper Cook Inlet Sockeye Salmon Run 7/22/2011
On July 22, 2011 the Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fisheries staff estimated the total Kenai River
sockeye salmon run through July 21 to be 3.7 million fish. The final run to the Kenai River is
expected to exceed 6.7 million fish.
The entire UCI sockeye salmon run to date was estimated to be 5.4 million fish through July 21,
with a final run to UCI expected to exceed 9.9 million fish.
With this inseason assessment, commercial fisheries management now falls under the guidelines
for run sizes greater than 4.6 million Kenai River sockeye salmon. Changes in management include
an increase in the Kenai River inriver (sonar) sockeye salmon escapement goal from a range of
1.0 to 1.2 million fish to 1.1 to 1.350 million fish. The Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery is now
allowed a maximum of 84 hours of additional fishing beyond the two 12-hour fishing periods on
Mondays and Thursdays. In addition, the Tuesday no fishing window in the set gillnet fishery is
no longer mandatory, but the 36-hour Friday no fishing window remains in effect. Finally, drift
gillnetters will have no mandatory restrictions on their regular Mon/Thurs fishing periods.