Low sockeye numbers behind Buskin River closure

A fisherman at the mouth of the Buskin River. (Photo by Lisa Hupp/USFWS)

The Buskin River will close for subsistence and sport sockeye salmon fishing on Sat. June 11 at 12:01 a.m., according to Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game. The closure encompasses the inside waters of Chiniak Bay from Cliff Point to the southernmost tip of Near Island to a point near Gibson Cove. In an advisory announcement, Fish and Game cited low sockeye numbers for the closure – as of Fri., June 10, 887 fish had been counted at the Buskin Lake weir. 

The Buskin River also closed last year due to low sockeye numbers. This year’s closure extends until August 10. More information is available at Fish and Game’s website.

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