The Board of Fisheries’ main role is to conserve and develop the fishery resources of the state by developing targets and tools for the Department of Fish and Game to use in managing Alaska’s fish resources.
In February 2020, the Board will meet in Anchorage to revisit regulations for Upper Cook Inlet – including the Kasilof River, the Kenai River, and Mat-Su valley rivers and streams.
Since 1984, KRSA has been a leading advocate for fisheries conservation in Alaska, working diligently to ensure Alaskans’ recreational fishing rights are protected and the fisheries are healthy for generations to come. This work continues with the proposals KRSA has submitted for the 2020 Upper Cook Inlet meeting. A brief summary of each proposal is listed below, with links to the formal language being presented to the Board.
|Proposal||What this would do:|
|78 – Fair Allocation of Fishery Resources||Proposal 78 would amend the Cook Inlet Salmon Management Plan to include weighted criteria for the allocation of fish (how fish are directed to different user groups, like sport, commercial and personal use) – including:
1) The importance of each fishery in providing residents with fish for personal and family consumption
2) The importance of each fishery to the economy of the state
3) The importance of each fishery to the local and regional economy
4) The number of residents and non-residents who have, and who likely will, participate in each fishery
5) The historic use of each fishery
6) The importance of each fishery in providing recreational opportunities
|88 – Realign In-river Goals with the New Escapement Goal||ADF&G recently changed the sustainable escapement goal for sockeye on the Kenai River. Proposal 88 seeks to realign the inriver goals to allow for the growth of sport harvest in the river and establishes an Optimal Escapement Goal for large run sizes.|
|104 – Refine Kenai Late-run King Plan||Proposal 104 proposes an optimal escapement goal based on maximizing the productivity of the late-run of Kenai River king salmon. The proposal also revises paired restrictions when weak runs won’t support normal fisheries, sharing the work of conservation by reducing commercial fishing pressure as the sport fishery is restricted in-river.|
|121 – Clarify Kasilof vs Kenai Goal Priorities||Proposal 121 clarifies that meeting the lower end of the Kenai late-run king salmon goal takes priority over not exceeding the upper end of the Kasilof sockeye goal.|
|129 – Establish Drift Gillnet Length and Depth Regulatory Authority||Proposal 129 gives the Alaska Department of Fish and Game the management authority to limit net length and net depth in the commercial drift gillnet fishery.|
|154 – Increase Kenai Coho Salmon Bag Limit from Two to Three||Proposal 154 increases the daily bag and possession limit in the Kenai River from two fish to three fish beginning the day after the commercial set-net fishery closes.|
|195 – Revise Set Gillnet Fishery Closure Criteria (2% rule)||Proposal 195 increases the trigger for closing the commercial salmon fishery from two consecutive fishing periods with a catch of less than 1% of the season total to two consecutive fishing periods with a catch of less than 2% of the season total.|