National Fisherman


Ten Upper Cook Inlet Task Force members met Monday to address the mountain of data generated since their last meeting, propose changes to salmon management plans and hear from local fishermen.

The day began with a presentation on a draft escapement goal recommendation of 15,000 to 30,000 late-run chinook salmon in the Kenai River.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Chief Fisheries Scientist, Bob Clark answered questions about the draft report and how the DIDSON-sonar based goal was developed.

The new escapement goal is based on the department's DIDSON sonar and will replace the former escapement goal which was based on a target-strength sonar.

The department also plans to move the DIDSON counter upstream to remove tidal influence from factoring into fish counts.

DIDSON sonar will be run both in the current sonar location, near River Mile 8, and in the new sonar location during the 2013 fishing season.

The draft report was sent to five peer reviewers and should be ready for distribution in mid-February Clark said.

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