Ak Fishing News: King Limits Lowered on Karluk and Ayakulik Rivers June 1
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From an ADFG News Release:
The biological escapement goal for king salmon was not achieved in either the Karluk or Ayakulik rivers during the 2006 season. The Department is anticipating a below-average return of king salmon to these two rivers again in 2007. In order to protect this fisheries resource, the king salmon daily bag and possession limits are being reduced preseason in the Karluk and Ayakulik rivers to one per day and in possession, regardless of size. The annual limit of 5 king salmon 20 inches or longer will remain unchanged and in effect for both rivers. Lowering the daily bag and possession limit will lower the sport harvest on below-average returns and help ensure that escapement objectives are met.
The Department will closely monitor returns through the weirs. The biological escapement goal for the Karluk and Ayakulik rivers is 3,600 – 7,300 and 4,800 – 9,600, respectively. Accurate end-of-season projections of escapement goal achievement can usually be made by June 20, and further restrictions or liberalizations of sport fishing harvest opportunities will be made at that time.
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