Lots of speculation among the anti's in several other threads that C&R is a major killer of Kenai kings. That somehow all of this rampant catching and releasing of kings is the occult malignancy killing off the run.
The data CLEARLY does not support that ridiculous assertion. In fact C&R of Kenai kings comprises the smallest measurable impact in the exploitation of Kenai kings.
First of all, there is VERY little discretionary C&R going on in the fleet. My own on-the-water observations of current retention patterns tell me that 85-90 percent of Kenai kings that are landed on any given day are indiscriminately bonked. That's a day to day ratio of 6-8 fish bonked for every one released. Statistically that means the average boat does not release even one king per day! So much for all that rampant C&R.
ADFG data (when they used to release it on the weekly fishing report) would corroborate my personal observations. In the last decent late run of kings (2008) the lower river creel census showed that 10688 LR kings were caught by anglers and 9032 of them were harvested. That's a retention rate of about 85 percent.
Among the VAST minority of fish released, Bendock et al showed that only 7.6 percent of them are mortally wounded by the encounter. That means only about 1 percent of the total catch (0.15 x 0.076) dies as a result of C&R mortality.
Get over it folks.... in the great grand scheme of things, for every 100 kings caught, 85 die of wood shampoo and only one dies from release mortality.
Take it to the bank.