ADF&G has been overescaping the keani for years, one of these days it will bite them in the butt and there will be a die off and crappy run, the pressure on ADFG to curtail commercial fishing is a large demand for fish inriver primarily from dipnetters as well as lower river entities. Commercial fishing in a sockeye run has been proven to be a very effective management tool and is vital to a continuence of very large runs on the keani. There is a thing called an optimum escapement goal, that is the number of spawners that will return the most fish in the next run, go under you don't get as many fish, go over you have massive winter kill in the lake among juviniles as well as some resident fish. When left to nature this run size is achieved naturally so for the keani river before comercial fishing we would have probably seen a total run of about half a million fish yearly, but we now see runs from 1-5 million fish anually because of the implemented OEG strategy. The problem with sockeye is that for angler and dipnet success there must be a lot of fish inriver this leads to pressure to restrict the commercial fisheries when fish are not getting upstream. Taking these factors into consideration as well as the greed of the NTC is recent times ADFG should implement a set gillnet fishery in skilak lake with the following perameters:
-Mesh size shall be pink sized net and the net shall be hung in
this causes fish that are too large (exceptional sockeye, chinook and coho) to have much less chance at getting caught
-Nets shall be atteneded at all times and fished every half an hour
this will allow the best chance at releasing bycatch live, B.C. gillnetters have employed this strategy to protect endagered coho and steelhead
-fishing shall be allowed by emergency order only when the OEG will be exceded past the sonar station and monitored closely to make sure the upper end of the OEG will be met.
-All species other then sockeye or pink salmon shall be returned to the water
I think this is a viable solution to the dipnet, sportfish, comm fish debate and the state could throw the greedy *********s in nililchik a permit so they could get "their" fish