Alaska Department of Fish & Game announce 2011 Chinook allocations

The Department of Fish & Game has announced that under management provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the 2011 all-gear chinook salmon harvest quota for Southeast Alaska and Yakutat is 294,800 fish, coming from a calculated abundance index of 1.69.

The allocation is broken down as follows. Trolling allocations (80 percent after get gear is subtracted) are 218, 060 fish and sport allocations (20 percent after net gear is subtracted) are 54,515 fish. Purse seining is 12,676 fish, drift gillnetting is 8,549 fish and sea gillnetting is 1,000 fish.

The summer fishery is managed to not exceed 70 percent of the total summer quota in the first chinook salmon opening. The remaining quota will be available for harvest in a second quota that will likely be in August. The Department will announce whether the first summer opening will be managed in season or for a fixed number of days prior to the July 1 opening.

Last year’s preseason all-gear estimate was 221,800 with an abundance index of 1.35.

The annual all-gear harvest level for Southeast Alaska is determined by the Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission. The annual Chinook harvest allocated to sport, commercial troll and commercial net fisheries management plans are specified by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

The Department also announced sport regulations for king salmon in Southeast and Yakutat. Effective Friday until April 20, 2012, the resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in length.

The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, except for the month of May when it is raised to two fish with the same size regulations. The nonresident annual limit is five king salmon 28 inches or greater.

All sport anglers may use two rods when fishing for king salmon from Oct. 1, 2011 until March 31, 2012.

• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.

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