Commercial fishing continues on the Kuskokwim coast for Districts 4 Quinhagak and District 5 Goodnews Bay. Both areas will be open for 12 hour periods tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to target sockeye and chum salmon which are abundant this year.
King salmon are also being caught but the numbers are being carefully monitored, says Travis Elison, Area Management biologist for the State of Alaska. He says they’ve been managing for King salmon conservation all year.
They’ve started the season late in both districts, they’ve spread out the fishing periods, and they’ve reduced the fishing area in District 5. He says all of that has limited the harvest of Kings.
That also means that they’ve foregone some of the harvest they could be getting for reds and chums.
The King run is considered to be 90 percent past in Quinhagak and 80 percent past in Goodnews Bay, based on historical averages.
The last commercial openings were on July 10 and brought in a combined total of 317 King salmon, about 7,000 sockeye or reds, and about 11,000 chum salmon.