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The Alaska Board of Fisheries decided to continue the current management strategy of periodically closing commercial fishing to allow bursts of Cook Inlet sockeye salmon to reach upstream anglers during summer weekends.
The Board had been petitioned to consider an emergency change, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
"Some commercial gillnetters had asked the board to change the upper Cook Inlet management plan to make meeting escapement goals -- the preferred range of salmon numbers getting upriver to spawn -- the top priority. In recent years the Kenai and Kasilof rivers have exceeded the state's escapement goals, so managing with the emphasis on those targets could have opened more commercial netting opportunities. Sport fishing groups complained that the move could end the regular practice of commercial "window" closures that are meant to allow bursts of fish upstream for river anglers on summer weekends."
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