Kuskokwim fishermen will be paid a dollar per pound for coho salmon delivered in Monday’s commercial opening, up from 75 cents last month. The six hours open Monday on the Kuskokwim River are the first commercial period since July 21st.
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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is opening a 12-hour commercial fishing period in the Quinhagak district beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday. In the Goodnews Bay District, an opening runs during the same period.
The state’s anticipated surpluses for the commercial harvest range up to 100-thousand sockeye, 130-thousand chum, up to 80-thousand coho and zero to 3-three thousand king salmon.
Commercial fishing had been delayed until now because of an expected poor king salmon run. In both areas, subsistence salmon fishing will be closed 16 hours before, during, and 6 hours after the opening.
Fishers on the lowest part of the Kuskokwim river can use 6-inch gillnets indefinitely as of Friday morning and more openings are rolling up the river as the bulk of this year’s king salmon run passes by. In a year in which meeting escapement is the top priority, managers are proceeding with caution.