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From an ADFG News Release

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the closure of the shrimp sport fishery in 2006 in Lynn Canal, north of the latitude of Seduction Point (59o 04.95’ N) would be extended from January 1 through June 30, 2007 (see attached map). The closure affects all nonresident anglers fishing in Taiya Inlet, Lutak Inlet, Chilkoot Inlet, and Chilkat Inlet. In addition, Taiya Inlet and Lutak Inlet will remain closed to sport fishing for shrimp for all of 2007. Alaska residents may continue to fish for shrimp in these areas under subsistence provisions.

Data collected by the department indicate that shrimp stocks in northern Lynn Canal remain depressed. The commercial catch, and catch-per-unit-effort of shrimp in this area declined steadily between 2001 and 2005. Anecdotal reports by subsistence users indicate that the shrimp stocks have not rebounded. The commercial pot shrimp fishery in Lynn Canal closed on February 28, 2006 and will remain closed throughout 2007. Lynn Canal, north of Seduction Point will be closed to sport fishing for shrimp through June 2007 to protect female shrimp during the egg hatch. Taiya Inlet and Lutak Inlet will be closed for all of 2007 to help these stocks rebuild.

For more information about the sport fisheries in Southeast Alaska, contact the nearest Southeast Alaska ADF&G office or visit the R1 website.

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