Alaska DF&G Announces 2012 Southeast Alaska Chinook Salmon Harvest Quota

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Under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces that the Chinook salmon all-gear harvest quota for Southeast Alaska in 2012 is 266,800 fish. This compares with allowable Chinook all-gear harvest levels of 294,800 in 2011 and 221,800 in 2010.

The annual all-gear quota for Southeast Alaska is determined by the Chinook Technical Committee of the Pacific Salmon Commission. The quota is based on the forecast of aggregate abundance of Pacific Coast Chinook salmon stocks subject to management under the treaty. Most Chinook salmon produced in Alaska hatcheries may be harvested in addition to the annual treaty limit.

The annual Chinook harvest in Southeast is allocated to sport, commercial troll, and commercial net fisheries under management plans specified by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Information on those allocations and the regulations that will be in place for the 2012 season can be found in news releases from the ADF&G Sport Fish and Commercial Fisheries Divisions. Links to those releases are below: