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Port Valdez Pink Limit Now 12

From an ADFG News Release:

The Port of Valdez pink salmon limits will increase to 12 salmon per day, with 24 in possession, effective 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2007. The increased bag and possession limits are effective for all marine waters north of line from Entrance Point to Potato Point (Valdez Narrows). Fresh water salmon closures remain in effect for Port Valdez.

Pink salmon returns to the Valdez Fisheries Development Association (VFDA) hatchery at Solomon Gulch are far above anticipated. As of July 5, commercial fishing periods in the Eastern District have harvested 4,000,000 pink salmon in an effort to harvest hatchery surplus. Cost recovery efforts at the hatchery are 65% complete while average run timing for this date is only 33% complete. Aerial surveys of the Eastern District yielded stream and stream mouth counts for chum and pink salmon at anticipated levels thus, the increased bag limits will not result in concerns for these wild stocks.

This strong return of pink salmon should provide anglers with a great opportunity to get out and catch some fish. Unlike many other Prince William Sound saltwater salmon fisheries, Valdez has many areas where shore anglers can cast for pinks, especially by the harbor and around Allison Point as well.

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