ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Fisheries has agreed to replace the fixed escapement goal of 5,000 king salmon on the Anchor River to a range of between 3,800 and 10,000 fish.
The Anchorage Daily News reports fisheries managers and some lower Kenai Peninsula residents agreed to the change last week to base the escapement on the varying size of the returning run.
A weir has provided a detailed count since 2003. The number of Anchor River kings dwindled from 12,016 in 2004 to 3,455 last year but bounced up this summer to 4,417 fish.
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