Kenai's East Side stays closed

After nearly two weeks of waiting for late run Kenai River king salmon to enter the river in high enough numbers to ease restrictions, setnetters were told on Tuesday the river was 29 fish shy of meeting the lower end of the escapement goal.

During the commercial fishing report, updated Wednesday afternoon, Pat Shields, area management biologist in the commercial fishing division of Fish and Game, said while drift fishermen would be opened today, setnetters would remain closed for the remainder of their season.

For drift net fishermen, Thursday will be the last district-wide fishing period of the season.

The management plan on the Kenai River for late run king salmon technically ended July 31.

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