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    Default Ayakulik & Karluk Emergency Order

    Date: March 21, 2012
    Ayakulik River King Salmon Sport Fishery Bag, Possession
    and Annual Limits Reduced in 2012

    Bag, possession, and annual limits for king salmon in the Ayakulik River will be
    reduced this season by emergency order. In response to recent poor king salmon runs
    and uncertainty over how quickly the run may recover, the 2012 season will start with
    a bag and possession limit of one king salmon 20 inches or greater in length, and an
    annual limit of two fish.

    The biological escapement goal (BEG) for Ayakulik River king salmon is 4,000 to
    7,000 fish. Although the lower end of the BEG was achieved in 2011, escapement
    levels were not met in 2006-2009, and expected abundance of the 2012 run is well
    below the historical average.

    This emergency order is effective from 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 1, through 11:59 p.m.
    Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The 2012 king salmon run will be monitored inseason at
    the ADF&G Ayakulik River salmon counting weir. Additional management action for
    the sport fishery may be considered as the run progresses.
    For more information, contact the Division of Sport Fish office in Kodiak at (907) 486-
    1880.
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    Date: March 21, 2012

    Karluk River King Salmon Sport Fishery Restricted to Non-retention in 2012

    King salmon fishing on the Karluk River will be restricted by emergency order to nonretention
    (catch-and-release) only beginning 12:01 a.m., Friday, June 1, through 11:59
    p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2011. King salmon caught may not be removed from the
    water and must be released immediately. As an added measure to reduce the
    probability of hooking mortality on released king salmon, the use of bait will be
    prohibited within the Karluk drainage below Karluk Lake.

    The biological escapement goal range (BEG) for Karluk River king salmon is 3,000 to
    6,000 fish. Despite management actions to reduce king salmon harvest in sport,
    commercial and subsistence fisheries, the Karluk River king salmon BEG has been
    achieved only once since 2006. In January 2011, the Board of Fisheries designated
    Karluk River king salmon a stock of concern. Although escapements have improved
    since 2009, and angler effort will likely be low in 2012 based on observed effort in
    recent years, recent poor runs and the stock of concern designation warrant starting the
    2012 season with a restriction to non-retention of all king salmon, regardless of size.

    The 2012 king salmon run will be monitored inseason at the ADF&G Karluk River
    salmon counting weir. Additional management action for the sport fishery may be
    considered as the run progresses.

    For more information, contact the Division of Sport Fish office in Kodiak at (907) 486-
    1880.
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    There were words of other EO's for Mat-Su drainages as well. Any word on those? Looks like a start in the right direction here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c6 batmobile View Post
    There were words of other EO's for Mat-Su drainages as well. Any word on those? Looks like a start in the right direction here.
    More are coming soon....
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    The situation on the Ayakulik and Karluk is both puzzling and alarming. These are fairly remote rivers with light fishing pressure, no habitat problems, and no targeted commercial fishing for Chinook salmon. But still, the escapement goal for Chinook was missed for five straight years. One or two bad years is not unusual, and three years would not be abnormal if something significant happened that wiped out a couple year-classes (e.g., catastrophic flooding). But no. None of that happened. So why did the Chinook stocks collapse on these two rivers? And why have they not bounced back? Puzzling indeed. If this can happen on wilderness rivers like the Ayakuilk or the Karluk, it can happen anywhere. That's the scary part.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cohoangler View Post
    The situation on the Ayakulik and Karluk is both puzzling and alarming. These are fairly remote rivers with light fishing pressure, no habitat problems, and no targeted commercial fishing for Chinook salmon.
    No targeted commercial fishing for kings, but could it be a bycatch problem?

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    Bycatch is a likely explanation, but probably not the only one. However, getting more specific might be tough. Who is doing it? Is it bycatch of juveniles, subadults, or pre-spawning adults? It is occurring in the open ocean or near shore? Why did it start around 2004? I'm sure the folks at ADF&G are as concerned as anyone. Hopefully they can identify some potential solutions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cohoangler View Post
    The situation on the Ayakulik and Karluk is both puzzling and alarming. These are fairly remote rivers with light fishing pressure, no habitat problems, and no targeted commercial fishing for Chinook salmon. But still, the escapement goal for Chinook was missed for five straight years. One or two bad years is not unusual, and three years would not be abnormal if something significant happened that wiped out a couple year-classes (e.g., catastrophic flooding). But no. None of that happened. So why did the Chinook stocks collapse on these two rivers? And why have they not bounced back? Puzzling indeed. If this can happen on wilderness rivers like the Ayakuilk or the Karluk, it can happen anywhere. That's the scary part.......
    I think ocean conditions are a major cause as well. It is well documented that the temps are rising which promotes the growth of more algae etc which in turn changes feeding conditions. With the combination of different issues its no surprise why they are struggling.
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    Ocean conditions are changing, although glacial melt is cold fresh water.
    Quote Originally Posted by c6 batmobile View Post
    I think ocean conditions are a major cause as well. It is well documented that the temps are rising which promotes the growth of more algae etc which in turn changes feeding conditions. With the combination of different issues its no surprise why they are struggling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cohoangler View Post
    Bycatch is a likely explanation, but probably not the only one. However, getting more specific might be tough. Who is doing it? Is it bycatch of juveniles, subadults, or pre-spawning adults? It is occurring in the open ocean or near shore? Why did it start around 2004? I'm sure the folks at ADF&G are as concerned as anyone. Hopefully they can identify some potential solutions.
    I got to sample some of the chinook bycatch two years ago. All of the chinook were sub adults (.5 to 7 pounds)
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