Alaska Department of Fish and Game

China Poot sockeye dipnet fishery underway

Jul 1, 2020
ADF&G

    The China Poot Creek dipnet fishery opens today (July 1). 

The personal use dipnet fishery is open to all Alaska residents with an ADF-and-G sportsfishing license, but no permit is required.

    The lakes above China Poot Bay are stocked with sockeye salmon by the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. Fish that elude the commercial harvest are available for personal use harvest.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Slow king salmon runs are prompting the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to close three popular rivers to sport fishing on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

Sport fishing in Deep Creek and on the Anchor and Ninilchik rivers will be closed starting midnight on June 2. The closures will run through July 15. The department also closed sport fishing for kings in salt water within 1 mile of shore from Bluff Point to the Ninilchik River.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Salmon runs in Prince William Sound are predicted to be average or below average in 2018.

 

For seiners, wild pinks are expected to come in about 20 percent under the 10-year average for even years, but Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Charlie Russell said hatchery fish are expected to pick up some of the slack.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been trying to find out if hatchery fish from operations in Tutka Bay Lagoon and Port Graham have been straying into wild fish habitat, and over the past four years, they found that very few of those fish are colonizing wild streams. But scientists found that a number of hatchery fish from Prince William Sound are winding up in streams around Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet. That trend has left scientists and regulators with more questions than answers.

ADF&G looks deeper into declining Cook Inlet belugas

Sep 26, 2017
Photo courtesy of LGL Alaska Research Associates

The beluga whale population in Cook Inlet has been steadily declining since the 1970s. The number of whales in the area today is just a third of what it once was, and the Alaska Department of Fish Game wants to help belugas recover.

In order to do that, Fish and Game needs to answer other questions about mating and their habitat, and two new studies aim to do just that.

Back in the 1970s, beluga whales were common around Cook Inlet, with a count of about 1,300 in the area. Now that number is closer to 340. 

Bears on the Move

Apr 8, 2016
Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Spring is here and the bears are waking up! That’s according to Department of Fish and Game Assistant Area Management Biologist Jason Herreman. Herreman spoke to KBBI’s Quinton Chandler about ways people can reduce their chances of running into bears this spring and summer. 


Set Net Ban Still A Sore Subject

Jan 6, 2016
Photo KBBI.

The State Supreme Court ruled last week an initiative to ban commercial set netting was unconstitutional. The ban was proposed to address claims of wildlife overkill by set netters. Ban supporters relied mostly on eyewitness accounts to back up their claims.  KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.