Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Important Information for Kenai River Dipnetters

Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery Opens July 10, 2013

Retention of King Salmon is Prohibited

Also please see below for information on elevated levels of bacteria found on Kenai River beaches and precautions you should take to avoid exposure

The Kenai River personal use dipnet fishery will open July 10 and continue through July 31. Retention of king salmon in the Kenai River personal use fishery will be prohibited in 2013. Any king salmon caught may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately unharmed.

Based upon the preseason forecast, the 2013 Kenai River king salmon run is expected to be below average. Based upon the poor performance of king salmon stocks in Cook Inlet and other areas of the state, it is likely the Kenai River late-run king salmon stock will also experience poor performance. The 2013 late-run king salmon sport fishery was restricted from using bait in the Kenai River. Initial indicators of Kenai River late-run strength are below average, with a cumulative DIDSON sonar count of 694 king salmon through July 4, and poor catch rates in both the east-side set net commercial and inriver sport fisheries over the holiday weekend. Therefore, as directed by the Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Management Plan, the personal use fishery will be managed to conserve king salmon in an effort to avoid additional restrictions or closure to the sport fishery. 
Based on the preseason forecast, the 2013 sockeye salmon run to the Kenai River is expected to be above average. The personal use fishery will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day, from July 10 through July 31. A permit is required to participate; permits and regulations that apply to the fishery are available at local vendors and ADF&G offices.
For information on Kenai River king salmon visit our website at:http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/FishCounts/index.cfm?ADFG=main.home.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Press Release

Elevated levels of bacteria found at Kenai River beaches
Enterococci and Fecal coliform bacteria could pose health threat

(KENAI, AK) – Recent water quality samples collected at Kenai River Beaches 
indicate elevated levels of enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria in the water. 
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is collecting 
samples this summer to determine if the water is safe for recreation. 

Contact with water that has high levels of enterococci/fecal coliform bacteria 
may cause people to have stomach aches, diarrhea, or ear, eye and skin 

DEC suggests that beach users take normal precautions to avoid exposure, 
such as avoiding drinking or swimming in the water, washing after contact 
with the water, and rinsing fish harvested from the area with clean water. As 
always, people should cook seafood to a minimum of 145 degrees Fahrenheit 
internal temperature to destroy pathogens.

Read the full press release HERE