As if the EO to one fish two days ago wasn't bad news. It only gets worse.
Add another basin to the growing list of dwindling king salmon stocks statewide.
June 29, 2010
KING SALMON SPORT FISHERY RESTRICTED TO NON-RETENTION, USE OF BAIT PROHIBITED
Retention of king salmon and the use of bait in all waters of the Nushagak-Mulchatna drainage is prohibited effective 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Any king salmon caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.
These restrictions are made in accordance with 5 AAC 06.361, Nushagak-Mulchatna King Salmon Management Plan as adopted by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The plan directs the department to restrict the king salmon sport fishery in the Nushagak River when the department projects the total inriver return will be less than 55,000 fish. These restrictions are implemented to ensure that the projected spawning escapement does not fall below 40,000 fish when projected inriver returns are less than 55,000 fish.
Through June 28, an estimated total of 21,654 king salmon passed the sonar at Portage Creek with a projected total inriver return of less than 55,000.
The department will continue to monitor the king salmon escapement and may liberalize this restriction or further restrict the sport fishery as specified in the management plan. For more information, call the area office in Dillingham at (907) 842-2427 or the Dillingham Sport Fish regulation recorder 907-842-REGS (842-7347).