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Story last updated at 4:13 PM on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Port Graham/English Bay area closed to sport fishing for sockeye salmon July 4–31

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced all waters of the English Bay River drainage and Port Graham Subdistrict will close to sport fishing for sockeye salmon at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.

In a press release, Fish and Game said: "As of July 1, a total of 1,909 sockeye salmon had passed the English Bay weir. In order to achieve the minimum sustainable escapement goal of 6,000 sockeye salmon by July 31, a total of 4,018 sockeye salmon should have been counted by July 1. On this date, 66 percent of the run is complete, based on historic run timing. Subsistence harvest of this stock is closed. No further harvestable surplus is anticipated for either subsistence or commercial users at this time. Therefore, it is warranted to close all waters of Port Graham Subdistrict and the English Bay drainage to sport fishing for sockeye salmon in an effort to achieve the escapement goal."

The Port Graham Subdistrict includes all waters east of the longitude of Point Bede at

151 degrees 59.40' and south of the latitude of Point Pogibshi at 59 degrees 25.47.