Another King Closeure For Cook Inlet
Another closure for Cook Inlet streams the health of king salmon returns appear to decline yearly. What type of studies or action are planned to determine what is happing to kings in and around Cook Inlet? King Salmon are one of the most restricted fisheries in the state as the decline continues. I just talked with Biologist in Homer they do not have enough return data to forecaste the health of kings, and tht king returns are down all over lower Cook Inlet. THe lower Cook Inlet King returns were compared to Upper Cook Inlet reurns for being low also. The pre-season forecaste for commmercial harvest of Kingsw in Upper Cook Inlet is 20K.
It appears that all returns are going to be well below normal returns! How are wee goign to see that are stocks protected.
2-KS-7-08-09 06/03/09 Lower Cook Inlet The Anchor River will be closed to sport fishing beginning on Saturday, June 6 at 12:01 a.m. through Tuesday, June 30 at 11:59 p.m. to protect king salmon returning to the river. In addition, the closed area in the adjacent salt waters will increase to two miles north of the Anchor River and two miles south of Anchor River. The closed salt water area also extends one mile out from the shore.
Too early to tell..........
Originally Posted by bigfisherman
Seems to me that it is a bit too early to know.... Although in the case of the Anchor R, u have to wonder if libralizing the fishery at 2008 BOF was the wisest idea? Potentially this years clousre could have been avoided if the fishery had not been libralized? Tough to say, but I think ADFG should have left the fourth day as an emergency option on years when they had favorable escapement.... It is likely that the sky is not falling and low, dry water years typically the fish hold off as long as they can and wait for favorable conditions.
Its been a dry spring, but snowmelt has kept good water in the Valley streams. If kings were milling offshore, the troll fisheries should be doing well, but they have not been stellar. Liberalizing the Anchor was the right thing to do in light of the escapement data. It gave anglers more of an opportunity to harvest fish over the escapement needs of the river.
It was an uncharacteristic move by the board- in regard to sport fish, they restrict by regulation and liberalize by EO. In the commercial fisheries they liberalize by regulation and restrict by EO. This move on the Anchor was a refreshing change in that pattern.