Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fishing Announcement No. 16 opens drift gillnetting in the Expanded Kenai and Expanded Kasilof sections of the Upper Subdistrict and in the Anchor Point Section of the Lower Subdistrict (Figure 1) on Monday, July 18, 2016 from 5:00 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. This announcement also opens drift gillnetting in all waters of the Central District of Upper Cook Inlet normally open to drift gillnetting (see 5AAC 21.200(b) and 5AAC 21.350(b)) on Monday, July 18, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Drifters are reminded that fishing with drift gillnets in the Anchor Point Section may not occur within one and one-half miles of the mean high tide mark.
According to 5AAC 21.353 Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan, from July 16 through July 31, at run strengths greater than 4,600,000 sockeye salmon to the Kenai River, one regular 12-hour fishing period per week will be restricted to one or more of the following sections: 1) Expanded Kenai Section of the Upper Subdistrict; 2) Expanded Kasilof Section of the Upper Subdistrict; 3) Anchor Point Section of the Lower Subdistrict. This fishing period is in compliance with the Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan.
The passage rate of sockeye salmon into the Kenai and Kasilof rivers is proceeding at a rate greater than that needed to assure optimum escapement levels. In order to reduce the rate of passage and harvest surplus sockeye salmon bound for the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, fishing time in the above-described area is warranted.
Figure 1. Map of the Expanded Kenai, Expanded Kasilof, and Anchor Point sections. Coordinates of the Anchor Point Section are: A) 60° 04.02’ N., 151° 38.90’ W.; B) 60° 04.02’ N., 151° 49.00’ W.; C) 59° 46.15’ N., 152° 15.80’ W.; D) 59° 46.15’ N., 151° 52.06’ W.