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Division: Sport Fish
Title: Upper Cook Inlet personal use salmon fisheries, 2010–2012
Author: Dunker, K. J
Year: 2013
Report ID: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Fishery Data Series No. 13-59, Anchorage
Abstract: 2013. From 2010 to 2012, participants in the Upper Cook Inlet personal use salmon fisheries were required to record their harvest and effort on a free permit and return it to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after the fisheries closed. Participation in these fisheries peaked in 2011 when 34,515 permits were issued. Permit response rate averaged 80% during this period. Returned permits were used to estimate total harvest and effort for the Kasilof River set gillnet, Kasilof River dip net, Kenai River dip net, and Fish Creek dip net fisheries. From 2010 through 2012, sockeye salmon harvest averaged 21,447 fish for the Kasilof River set gillnet fishery, 64,653 fish for the Kasilof River dip net fishery, 484,770 fish for the Kenai River dip net fishery, and 14,471 for the Fish Creek dip net fishery. Most permits were issued to residents of Anchorage, followed by residents of the Kenai Peninsula and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Most households did not fill their annual limit, and differences in their success varied with the number and types of fisheries they participated in 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