2011 Net Regulations for Yukon River
The King Salmon Fishery is changing net size regulations due to a poor forecast for the 2011 season.
The King Salmon Fishery is forecasting poor runs for the 2011 season in the Yukon River.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners, including the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association and subsistence fishermen are planning to step up conservation measures.
One measure they are implementing is changing the maximum size of fishing nets down to seven and a half inches for Yukon River Chinook salmon.
Both the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the Federal Subsistence Board adopted the net size regulation in 2010. The boards set the 2011 date so that fishermen would be able to have time to convert their gear.
According to Bruce Woods from Fish and Wildlife, “The larger net size was catching a disproportionate number of large fish and as a result the average fish being caught on the river were getting smaller. Fishermen on the river complained about that and the new net size regulation is an attempt to resolve that.”
To ensure compliance to the new regulation, law enforcement officers will be patrolling the Yukon River.