Board to consider emergency Kenai salmon fishing petitions

Associated PressJuly 31, 2012 

The Alaska Board of Fisheries is expected to again meet in emergency session to consider several petitions dealing with Kenai River king and sockeye salmon.

The board will meet Wednesday morning to consider petitions proposing the harvest of late-run kings and sockeye. The board won't be taking public testimony during the teleconference.

In-river king fishing was shut down this month because so few kings are returning. At the same time, the Kenai has seen near record number of red salmon.

While driftnetters have been allowed to fish for sockeye offshore, setnetters near the beach have been shut out. That's because their nets catch not only sockeye but some kings. Fishery experts say those kings need to get upriver to spawn.

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