Emergency order bans sport fishing offshore of lower peninsula rivers
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday issued an emergency order prohibiting sport fishing of any kind within 1-mile offshore south of the Ninilchik River mouth and north of Bluff Point. The ban goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 15, through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012. Sport fishing restrictions have already been enacted on the Anchor River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River, Kasilof River and Kenai River in an effort to achieve adequate escapement into these streams.
"King salmon of Cook Inlet origin generally have a higher probability of being harvested near shore than do king salmon from other locations," the emergency order notes. "Mature (spawners) king salmon also tend to be harvested near shore at a greater rate than immature (non-local) king salmon. Therefore, it is justified to close salt waters within one mile while these locally spawning king salmon migrate through the area and into fresh water."