Ak Fishing News: Eulachon Closures-Unuk River and Burroughs Bay
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"KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Federal and state managers are closing the Unuk River and Burroughs Bay area to subsistence harvesting of eulachon for the second straight season because of low returns in recent years.
"The federal subsistence fisheries in Unit 1-D will be closed from 11:59 p.m. Feb. 24 through 11:59 p.m. April 24.
"...Many eulachon spawning runs throughout the Pacific coast, including Southeast Alaska, have had marked declines in recent years," according to the department announcement.
"...Fish and Game also won't open commercial or subsistence fisheries for eulachon this year in Section 1-C, which includes the Klahini and Chickamin rivers.
"In addition, the state is closing the Stikine River and Bradfield Canal to commercial harvests.
"But while the Bradfield Canal is being closed to state subsistence harvests also, the Stikine River will be open to subsistence harvesting under state regulations, according to Fish and Game.
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