As someone who has fished Kenai sockeye over the last twenty years as a visitor, I have noticed an increase in the number of smaller reds in Mid July. Last year I personally caught three small reds and a pink that had visible scaring from a net.
Does any one know if the fish and game monitors the effect the size of gill nets is having on the red population? The nets will obviously create a selection pressure that favors small fish and over time shift the average population size downward. Finally does the fish and game monitor the reproductive fitness of these smaller fish? In other words, do smaller fish make it to spawning grounds? Do they produce similar number of viable eggs as larger fish. Does fry from small fish survive at the same rate as larger ones?