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Take Action – Sign the Petition to Protect Kachemak Bay State Park

Commercial fishing interests seek permanent expansion of cost recovery hatchery into State Park   The Kachemak Bay State Park Comprehensive Management Plan is being finalized and commercial fishermen are seeking to expand the reach into the park of the Tutka Bay hatchery. Currently the hatchery is permitted to release up to 125 million hatchery pink […]

Pink Salmon – A Keystone Predator in the North Pacific Salmon Food Chain

In the North Pacific Ocean, the overall number of pink salmon impacts the size and numbers of other salmon, including coho, Chinook and steelhead salmon.  Across Alaska, king salmon populations are at historic low numbers. The Yukon, Kuskokwim, Cook Inlet, Kodiak, Copper River and Southeast Alaska king salmon fisheries for subsistence, sport, personal use and […]

26th annual Kenai River Classic features national keynote speaker, water safety

(Soldotna) – The 26th annual Kenai River Classic, August 22 – 24, 2018, hosted by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA), featured the nation’s top fisheries administrator and an emphasis on water safety. The Classic is one of Alaska’s premier fishing events held in August on the Kenai River to raise funds and educate high-level […]

KRSA questions ADFG action to tip allocation scale in favor of Cook Inlet commercial fishing

(Soldotna) – In a letter to Governor Walker on August 26, 2018 Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) questioned action taken on August 23 by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) to tip the allocation scale in favor of Cook Inlet commercial drift gillnet fisheries. On August 22, ADFG issued Emergency Order #31 allowing […]

Kenai River Reopens to Sockeye Salmon Fishing

(Soldotna) – The passage of sockeye salmon into the Kenai River has achieved the sustainable escapement goal (SEG) of 700,000 to 1,200,000 Kenai River late-run sockeye salmon, so the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is reopening sport fishing for sockeye salmon on the Kenai River and restoring the bag limit of three fish […]

KRSA Holding Public Forum On ‘Critical Fisheries Issues In Alaska’

The Kenai River Sportfishing Association will be hosting the ‘Classic Roundtable on Fisheries’ on Wednesday, August 22. There will be keynote speaker and panelists to address how fiscal, social, and ecological changes are impacting the ability to research, conserve and allocate fishery resources. Ricky Gease, Executive Director, Kenai River Sportfishing Association: “It will feature the […]

KRSA Hosts Classic Roundtable on Fisheries, Keynote Speaker Chris Oliver, Asst. Administrator of NOAA Fisheries

KRSA hosts the Classic Roundtable on Fisheries featuring keynote speaker Chris Oliver, the Asst. Administrator of NOAA Fisheries. Oliver is the former executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council who was appointed the top federal fisheries administrator last year. He will talk about funding pressures to fisheries research at the national level that […]

Kenai River Fishery Update for King and Sockeye Salmon, Monday July 30, 2018

Kenai River King Salmon update On Sunday, July 29, 451 large Kenai River king salmon were counted, 8,969 to date, for kings more than 34 inches this season. The run is now past the normal halfway point at 56 percent, and the end of season escapement projection is around 16,000 continue to be steady. Figure […]

Kenai River Fishery Update for King and Sockeye Salmon for Saturday, July 28, 2018

Kenai River King Salmon Update  On Friday, July 27, 426 large Kenai River king salmon were counted, 8,101 to date, for kings more than 34 inches this season. The run is now at the normal halfway point, and the end of season escapement projection is around 16,000 and continues to slowly increase as commercial interception […]

Governor Walker Heads to Kenai to Listen to Commercial Fishermen, Ignores Sport Anglers and Personal Use Dip Netters

In one of the worst fishery seasons ever on the Kenai River, with closures and restrictions in commercial, sport and personal use fisheries for king and sockeye salmon, the Governor comes to Kenai on Friday, July 27 to listen to complaints from commercial fishermen that it is unfair to say that commercial fisheries have been […]