Buskin Section Reopens to Subsistence Fishing

Jay Barrett/KMXT

100629.buskin-subsistence.jpg The waters outside the mouth of the Buskin River will re-open to subsistence red salmon fishing tonight after midnight. Subsistence fishing was closed there earlier this month due to low returns, but now enough reds have crossed the weir to prompt the joint managers to open it back up.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jointly manage the fishery.

As of Sunday, 6,006 sockeye were counted at the Buskin River weir, which gives managers some confidence the lower end of the escapement goal of 8,000 will be reached. The desired escapement by this date is from about 5,900 to 9,600 reds.

The fishery will open at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday in an area inside lines drawn from Gibson Cove to the south end of Near Island and to Cliff Point.

Fishermen are reminded that they should consult both State of Alaska fishing regulations and the Federal Subsistence Management regulations for waters subject to ANILCA Title 8 before fishing.

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