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Division: Sport Fish
Title: Upper Cook Inlet personal use salmon fisheries, 2004-2006
Author: Dunker, K. J., and R. Lafferty
Year: 2007
Report ID: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fishery Data Series No. 07-88, Anchorage.
Abstract: From 2004 to 2006 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. Approximately 21,900 permits were issued in 2004 and 2005, but the number of permits issued decreased to approximately 18,500 in 2006. The response rate increased from 82 to 89% during the same period. Returned permits were used to estimate harvest and effort for the Kasilof River set gillnet, Kasilof River dip net, and Kenai River dip net fisheries. Sockeye salmon harvest from 2004 to 2006 averaged 26,964 fish for the Kasilof River set gillnet fishery, 49,203 fish for the Kasilof River dip net fishery, and 228,652 fish for the Kenai River dip net fishery. 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 and differences in the percentage of the bag limit filled varied most with respect to year and the amount of effort spent fishing.
Keywords: Kenai River, Kasilof River, Fish Creek, personal use, dip net, set gillnet, subsistence, sockeye salmon, coho salmon, Chinook salmon, pink salmon, chum salmon, flounder, permit.