Art and science of counting the Kenai River’s precious king salmon – ‘Kenai not overharvested’

New numbers are out, setting the goalposts to which the late run of Kenai River king salmon will be managed. Scientists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have released a draft interim escapement goal recommendation calling for 15,000 to 30,000 late-run kings to escape fishing nets and hooks to spawn in the Kenai. The goal is a decrease from the previous range of 17,800 to 37,500 kings. New sonar fish counters. Moving sonar upriver. ‘Kenai not overharvested’. An ‘evolving’ goal. Read more

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