Buskin Closed to Subsistence, Sports Fishing


Jay Barrett/KMXT

The state and the feds are closing subsistence and sports fishing in and around the Buskin River because of another low return of sockeye salmon. In joint announcements this afternoon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Federal Subsistence Board announced the closure, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

James Jackson is the area commercial fisheries management biologist in Kodiak:

(Buskin 1 20 sec "Well, right now … minimum escapement of 8,000.")

The 1,809 sockeye so far this year is just a little bit better than a year ago, when 1,258 reds had passed the weir.

Commercial fishing remains closed in the Buskin Section, and Fish and Game will be closing sportsfishing in the Buskin Lake drainage effective Tuesday, as well.

Tune in to KMXT news Monday for more on the Buskin closures.


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