The return of Chinook salmon to the Situk River has been below goals in recent years. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, ADF&G personnel counted only 167, 240, and 322 large (three ocean-age and older) Chinook salmon through their weir on the Situk River. In 2013 and 2014, the weir counts were 912 and 475 large Chinook salmon, respectively. These permit restrictions are needed to provide for conservation of Chinook salmon in the Situk River. The prohibition of gillnet gear and the use of bait when fishing with rod and reel is necessary to minimize the incidental mortality of Chinook salmon when fishing for other species.
This permit restriction follows similar actions taken by ADF&G to protect Chinook salmon in the Situk River. They closed the sport fishery for Chinook salmon 20 inches or greater in length in the Situk River drainage effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2015 and will close subsistence fishing for Chinook salmon in the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet effective 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 10, 2015. The State commercial set gillnet fishery is presently closed in the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet but when it opens the retention of Chinook salmon will be prohibited according to the ADF&G Area Management Biologist.
For more information on these permit restrictions, contact Lee Benson by phone (907-784-3359) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on the Federal Subsistence Management Program can be found at http://www.doi.gov/subsistence/index.cfm .