ADF&G Announces 2006 Chinook
Salmon Quota for Southeast Alaska
April 09, 2006
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Friday that
this year's Southeast Alaska Chinook harvest quota will be substantially
lower than last year. While the allowable harvest remains well
above average, catch opportunities for Southeast Chinook harvesters
will be reduced as compared to 2004 - 2005.
The Pacific Salmon Commission's
Chinook Technical Committee recently determined that the 2006
Abundance Index for Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaska is 1.69.
According to the June 30, 1999, Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement,
this translates into an all-gear catch for Southeast Alaska of
346,800 treaty Chinook salmon, down from last year by about 70,000
fish. Most Chinook salmon produced in Alaska hatcheries are not
factored into the Abundance Index, and may be caught by harvesters
in addition to the Treaty limit.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the returns
of most Chinook stocks to West Coast rivers from Oregon to Alaska
remain strong, but have declined from the very high levels seen
from 2003 to 2005. Strong Chinook returns to West Coast Vancouver
Island, have helped to produce high Abundance Indices for the
Chinook fisheries in Southeast Alaska. Most of the Chinook salmon
stocks covered under the Pacific Salmon Treaty have benefited
from a recent upturn in ocean survival, which has created the
The treaty Chinook salmon harvest will be allocated to sport,
commercial troll, and commercial net fisheries according to the
management plans specified by the Alaska Board of Fisheries.
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