Friday, April 08, 2011

Statewide Ban on Felt Soles in 2012

Statewide Ban on Felt Soles in 2012

The Alaska Board of Fisheries unanimously passed a proposal at the March meeting to extend the time-frame anglers have before the ban on all felt-soled waders goes into effect. Felt soles have been widely used on waders for better traction while fishing, but the felt can stay damp for long periods and allow invasive species to survive on waders between fishing grounds. This proactive step by the Board seeks to prevent an occurrence of any invasive species being transported to Alaska via felt soles.

This ban is occurring in other places and a growing number of wader manufacturers are discontinuing felt soles and now offer quality alternatives.

Editor's note: It is your responsibility to know the current sportfishing regulations!  Emergency orders always supercede the current regulations. For current and updated sportfishing regulations, and emergency orders, visit the ADFG sportfishing regulations web page before fishing.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Statewide Commercial Salmon Harvest Forecast for 2011


- ADF&G Press Release

Cora Campbell, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, Alaska 99811
Phone: (907) 465-6137 - Fax: (907) 465-2332

Press Release: No. 11-15, March 3, 2011
Contact: Geron Bruce, Division of Commercial Fisheries, 907-465-6151

Statewide Commercial Salmon Harvest Forecast for 2011

Juneau – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces that the statewide commercial salmon harvest for 2011 is forecast to total 203 million salmon of all species. This would be the fifth largest total harvest, and fourth highest pink salmon harvest, since Alaska became a state and took over the management of its fisheries in 1960. All major pink salmon producing areas are expected to produce abundant harvests. Statewide sockeye and chum salmon are also expected to generate excellent harvests, with chum salmon predicted to provide the fifth largest harvest since 1960.
The statewide Chinook salmon forecast is not yet available, because the Southeast Alaska Chinook harvest quota is set under the terms of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. The Southeast Alaska quota will not be released by the Pacific Salmon Commission until late March or early April.
The 2011 harvest forecasts for the other four salmon species are 45.1 million sockeye salmon, 4.7 million coho salmon, 133.7 million pink salmon, and 19.2 million chum salmon.
These forecasts are based on quantitative projections of next year’s salmon run using information on previous spawning levels, smolt outmigrations, returns of sibling age classes, and recent survival rates observed for hatchery releases.
Look for inseason harvest information, postseason statistics, and other information about salmon in Alaska online athttp://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=CommercialByFisherySalmon.main .
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Alexander Creek Pike Removal Project Funded


(Juneau) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was recently awarded $635,000 from the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund for a four-year program to accelerate efforts to remove northern pike from the Alexander Creek drainage in Northern Cook Inlet. Coupled with funds appropriated by the legislature last session, this award will allow the department to further the objectives of removing spawning northern pike through intensive gillnetting. A program for enumerating king salmon smolt in the area will also be initiated to help monitor the effectiveness of pike removal.
Northern pike, which are not native to areas south and east of the Alaska Range, have been illegally introduced into a number of river basins where they have had very detrimental impacts on other fisheries resources. Alexander Creek in the Susitna River basin is one of the most heavily impacted systems. As an extension of ongoing efforts to gauge distribution and relative abundance of pike within this drainage, a concerted effort will now be made to significantly reduce pike numbers. The overall objective is to restore salmon and resident species populations in this once highly popular fishing destination to long-term sustainable levels that will again provide important sport fishing opportunities.
"We thank the legislature and the local area partnerships for their support of our efforts to reduce the negative impacts of invasive northern pike,” said Charles Swanton, director of the ADFG Sport Fish Division. “The investments made should be returned many fold in terms of economic and social benefits resulting from successful implementation this project."
Additional information on ADF&G aquatic nuisance species and northern pike management plans is available at:http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/species/nonnative/invasive/pdfs/ak_ansmp.pdf .
For pike-specific information, visit this link: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=invasivepike.main
Source: ADFG