Kenai setnetters get go-ahead for few remaining kings

Associated PressAugust 6, 2012 

The Kenai River setnetters are fishing again.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game gave the setnetters the go-ahead Monday after determining enough king salmon had made it up the river to spawn.

Commercial fisheries area management biologist Pat Shields says setnetters will be allowed to fish on a day-by-day basis. Their next regularly scheduled day is Thursday.

Restrictions and closures were put in place on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers this summer to preserve king salmon in what is a year of very poor runs. Setnetters as a result saw very little fishing. They fish for red salmon but some kings are caught incidentally.

Shields says unfortunately for the setnetters there aren't a lot of fish still around.

The setnetters' last regularly scheduled day to fish is Aug. 13.

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