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Division: Sport Fish
Title: Upper Cook Inlet personal use salmon fisheries, 1996-2003.
Author: Reimer, A. M., and D. Sigurdsson
Year: 2004
Report ID: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fishery Data Series No. 04-31, Anchorage.
Abstract: From 1996 to 2003 participants in the Upper Cook Inlet personal use salmon fisheries were required to record their harvest and effort on a free permit that was returned to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after the fisheries closed. The number of personal use permits issued increased from 14,576 in 1996 to an estimated 19,110 (SE = 2) in 2003. The non-response rate increased during the same period. Returned permits were used to estimate harvest and effort for the Fish Creek dip net, Kasilof River dip net, Kasilof River gillnet and Kenai River dip net fisheries. Sockeye salmon harvest from 1996-2003 averaged 5,503 for Fish Creek dip net (1996-2001 only), 31,925 for Kasilof River dip net, 15,246 for Kasilof River gillnet and 140,428 for Kenai River dip net. Most permits were issued to residents of Anchorage followed by residents of the Kenai Peninsula and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Most permit holders did not fill their seasonal bag limit although differences in the percentage of the bag limit filled varied with respect to year, fishery, household size, number of days fished and the number of fisheries fished.
Keywords: Kenai River, Kasilof River, Fish Creek, personal use, dip net, gillnet, subsistence, sockeye salmon, coho salmon, Chinook salmon, pink salmon, chum salmon, permit.