KENAI, Alaska (AP) – The Board of Fisheries has changed its target for how many late-run sockeye salmon need to make it out of the Kenai River.

The Peninsula Clarion reported Monday (that the board spent its first day deliberating an Alaska Department of Fish and Game proposal seeking to a review of escapement and inriver goals on Kenai River for late-run salmon. Ultimately, the board moved to eliminate the optimum escapement goal and to increase the ceiling of two of the inriver goal tiers.

The decision was intended as a compromise between sportfishing and commercial fishing groups. Commercial groups had argued the escapement goal was redundant because a sustainable escapement goal already exists.

The Kenai River will now be managed under a sustainable escapement goal of 700,000 to 1.2 million sockeye salmon.

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Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.com

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