Do you think the ADFG maintains or is increasing bias towards maximizing commercial sockeye harvest with little regard to or against sport fishery harvest?
I have been sockeye fishing on the Kenai for over a decade and have noticed the ADFG seems to be managing the late sockeye run more and more in favor of commercial fisherman. This has especially increased over the last few years with daily emergency orders to open commercial fishing in the Kenai section. Over the last few years, it has definitely been harder to catch sockeye flipping on Kenai in late July with the daily "emergency" openings compared to years past where the EOs were not as frequent. This year the limit was not raised to 6 per day until July 29 and now the upper escapement goal has been exceeded once again.
If the goal was really to prevent overescapement, why not liberalize the sport fishery bag limit earlier. Keep in mind the department press release projected the run to be 2.3-4.6 million on July 29.
I am not sure I understand the ADFG management strategy regarding the sockeyes. I am not referencing the king run or harvest. Can someone shed some light on this strategy?