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From an ADFG News Release:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is reducing the daily bag and possession limits for king salmon 20 inches or greater in length from two per day, only one over 28 inches in length, to one per day and one in possession. This Emergency Order applies to all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna drainage, and is effective as of 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July 7, 2007.

The limits for king salmon less than 20 inches in length remain at 5 per day and 5 in possession.

This restriction is made in accordance with 5 AAC 06.361, the “Nushagak/Mulchatna King Salmon Management Plan,” adopted by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The plan directs ADF&G to reduce the limits for king salmon 20 inches or greater in length from two to one if the total inriver return is fewer than 75,000 fish, in order to prevent the sport fishery from exceeding the guideline harvest level of 5,000 fish.

Through July 4, only 46,407 king salmon are estimated to have passed the sonar at Portage Creek. Based on this passage, the projection for the total inriver return is for fewer than 75,000 fish.

For more information call the ADF&G Dillingham area office at (907) 842-2427 or the Dillingham Sport Fish regulation telephone hotline at 907-842-REGS (842-7347).

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