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Increase in Southeast Alaska Chinook Quota for 2004 Announced


May 01, 2004

Southeast Alaska - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced Thursday that a review of data utilized under the Pacific Salmon Treaty (PST) for calculating harvest levels for a number of coastal salmon fisheries has resulted in approximately 10,000 more chinook salmon for the 2004 all gear catch in Southeast Alaska than had been previous announced.

Following the initial release of harvest numbers in early April, Doug Eggers, Fisheries Scientist at ADF&G, reviewed the data that had been submitted to the PST Chinook Technical Committee. According to an ADF&G news release, that review identified an error in reporting by the State of Oregon of the 2003 returns of a number of Oregon coastal chinook stocks. When notified, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife submitted the correct data, the committee updated their calculations.

"The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has always been at the forefront of good science in the Pacific Salmon Treaty process," said ADF&G Commissioner Kevin C. Duffy. "I commend Doug Eggers and other members of my staff for their continued dedication and professionalism as we work with the other entities in the treaty process to provide for both harvest and conservation of our salmon resources."

Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and Northwest Treaty Tribes are all represented under the PST. Each provides data to the PST's Chinook Technical Committee which allocates salmon resources that migrate and are harvested throughout treaty area waters. Alaska's allocation is based on the total abundance of chinook in the treaty region.


Source of News Release:

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
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