SE Alaska king all gear harvest limit is 130,000 fish

State fisheries biologists, guided by provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, have set the 2018 preseason Chinook salmon all-gear harvest limit for Southeast Alaska at 130,000 treaty fish.

That’s nearly 80,000 fish below the preseason limit available a year ago and includes a 10 percent reduction in response to conservation needs for the Southeast Alaska, Transboundary River, and Northern British Columbia Chinook salmon stocks.

The all-gear limit on the harvest of these kings in Southeast Alaska, announced on April 3, is determined by the Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission. It is based on the forecast of an aggregate abundance of Pacific coast Chinook salmon stocks for Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, who are subject to management under the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

The gear type limits for kings include set gillnet, 1,000; purse seine, 5,600; drift gillnet, 3,800; troll, 95,700; and sport, 23,900 fish.