Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fishing Announcement No. 37 opens commercial fishing with set gillnets in the Kenai, Kasilof, and East Foreland sections of the Upper Subdistrict on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. This announcement also opens drift gillnetting in the Expanded Kenai and Expanded Kasilof sections of the Upper Subdistrict and the Anchor Point Section of the Lower Subdistrict (Figure 1) on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
The estimated cumulative passage of sockeye salmon in the Kasilof River through midday on July 28 was more than 390,000 fish, which means both the biological escapement goal (BEG) of 160,000–340,000 fish and the optimal escapement goal (OEG) of 160,000–390,000 fish for Kasilof River sockeye salmon have been exceeded.
The cumulative sockeye salmon passage estimate in the Kenai River through Monday, July 27, was approximately 733,000 fish. The inriver goal for Kenai River sockeye salmon runs of 2,300,000–4,600,000 fish is 1,000,000 to 1,200,000. The current estimate of passage in the Kenai River through July 27 indicates the inriver goal will be met or exceeded.