“With the river closure, we’ve heard some people might want to go fishing below the federal boundary, so if we close the marine waters like we are, we can effectively conserve Chinook salmon,” said Bergstrom.
The closures run from a point near the Ishkowik river on the west side of the Kuskowkim mouth, across the river to the boundary of district W-4. There is no gillnet fishing allowed at all.
Bergstrom says there hasn’t been much historic fishing effort in that area. But with a weak run expected, managers are seeking to get as many kings to the spawning grounds as they can.
“That’s the main idea here, we want to emphasize is that we want to meet the escapement goals for king salmon this year,” said Berstrom.
Federal managers are currently in charge of waters from the mouth up to Aniak, while the state manages waters below the boundary and upriver of Aniak.
The news release is available here.