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During the 2018 Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Sitka, action plans to conserve wild Southeast Alaska Chinook salmon were ledderhose disease natural treatment adopted. These measures and further supplementary emergency order actions restrict spring ledderhose disease natural treatment troll fisheries for conservation of Southeast Alaska and transboundary river ledderhose disease natural treatment Chinook salmon stocks. Spring troll fisheries target Alaska hatchery Chinook salmon and, for 2019, are limited spring troll areas located on the outer coast ledderhose disease natural treatment and/or near hatchery release sites and terminal harvest areas. A total of six spring troll areas have been opened ledderhose disease natural treatment to date, with four additional spring troll areas and eight terminal harvest ledderhose disease natural treatment area opening initially in June. Opportunity to harvest Alaska hatchery chum salmon will be provided ledderhose disease natural treatment in six spring troll and two terminal/special harvest areas, which will open in mid-June.

Through June 6 (Stat Week 23), approximately 124 permits holders have made 573 landings, with a total of 3,254 Chinook salmon harvested. This is a decrease in effort of 54 permits from ledderhose disease natural treatment 2018 and of 197 permits from the 5-year average, primarily due to the reduced number of areas opened. The 2019 cumulative spring Chinook salmon harvest through June 6 ledderhose disease natural treatment is up from 2018 by 18 fish and down from ledderhose disease natural treatment the 5-year average by 9,425 fish. The current spring troll seasonal average weight for Chinook salmon ledderhose disease natural treatment of 12.2 lbs. is below the 2018 average of 12.6 lbs. and the 5-year average of 12.3 lbs. during the same weeks. The seasonal Chinook salmon average price per pound of $9.46 is a $2.96 decrease from 2018, and a $.94 increase from the 5-year average. Purse Seine Fishery

Common property purse seine openings will begin in June and ledderhose disease natural treatment will be primarily directed at harvesting returns of enhanced chum ledderhose disease natural treatment salmon in Terminal Harvested Areas (THAs). The Anita Bay THA will be the first to open ledderhose disease natural treatment on June 1 followed by the Deep Inlet THA on ledderhose disease natural treatment June 2 and Neets Bay and Kendrick Bay THAs on ledderhose disease natural treatment June 15. The Southeast Cove and Thomas Bay THAs are newly opened ledderhose disease natural treatment to common property purse seine in 2019. The Southeast Cove THA, Thomas Bay THA, Hidden Falls THA, Pt. Augusta Index fishery, and Tenakee Inlet will open June 16. The 2019 total enhanced summer chum salmon run is expected ledderhose disease natural treatment to eclipse 17 million fish.

The 2019 Southeast Alaska pink salmon harvest forecast is predicted ledderhose disease natural treatment to be weak with a point estimate of 18 million ledderhose disease natural treatment fish. In southern Southeast, common property purse seine openings directed at harvesting pink salmon ledderhose disease natural treatment will begin June 30 in District 7 and July 7 ledderhose disease natural treatment in District 1. In northern Southeast, directed pink salmon openings are not expected to occur until ledderhose disease natural treatment July and will be contingent on results from the Pt. Augusta Index fishery, the Hawk Inlet, Pt. Gardner, and Kingsmill test fisheries, and observations of pink salmon abundance. The Pt. Gardner and Hawk Inlet test fisheries will begin in late ledderhose disease natural treatment June.

Southeast Alaska Chinook salmon stocks are currently experiencing a cycle ledderhose disease natural treatment of very low abundance. In 2019, four of the five systems for which forecasts are developed ledderhose disease natural treatment are projecting runs below their escapement goal ranges. To meet escapement goals in Southeast Alaska systems, restrictions will be implemented in gillnet, seine, troll, sport, personal use, and subsistence fisheries.

Chinook salmon 28 inches or greater in length may NOT ledderhose disease natural treatment be retained, and Chinook salmon less than 28 inches may be retained ledderhose disease natural treatment but not sold for all purse seine fishing areas except ledderhose disease natural treatment the Hidden Falls, Anita Bay, Neets Bay, and Deep Inlet THAs. All Chinook salmon harvested in the Hidden Falls, Anita Bay, and Neets Bay THAs may be retained and sold. All Chinook salmon harvested in the Deep Inlet THA must ledderhose disease natural treatment be retained and may be sold. These restrictions will be in place at least through July ledderhose disease natural treatment 13. Drift Gillnet Fishery

The 2019 preseason terminal run forecast for Stikine River large ledderhose disease natural treatment Chinook salmon is 8,250 fish. This forecast is well below the average of 20,000 fish and well below the escapement goal range of ledderhose disease natural treatment 14,000–28,000 fish. This forecast does not allow for directed Chinook salmon fisheries ledderhose disease natural treatment in District 8. Recent trends of Stikine River Chinook salmon abundance and trends ledderhose disease natural treatment in Chinook salmon abundance throughout Southeast Alaska indicate very poor ledderhose disease natural treatment survival of Chinook salmon. As such, conservation measures will be in place for the start of ledderhose disease natural treatment the sockeye salmon fishery.

The 2019 preseason forecast for Stikine River sockeye salmon is ledderhose disease natural treatment 90,000 fish, which is well below the average of 153,000 fish. This forecast includes: 66,000 Tahltan Lake and 24,000 mainstem sockeye salmon. Fishing periods in District 8, and to a lesser extent in District 6, will be determined by inseason abundance estimates of Stikine River ledderhose disease natural treatment sockeye salmon. Both districts may open by regulation as early as the ledderhose disease natural treatment second Sunday in June (June 9). However, with an expected poor run of Stikine River Chinook salmon, conservation measures will be in place in both districts. Conservation measures will include; delaying the initial sockeye salmon opening by at least two ledderhose disease natural treatment weeks in District 8 and by one week in District ledderhose disease natural treatment 6, implementing a six-inch maximum mesh size, limiting fishing time, and reducing fishing area in District 8. The initial District 6 opening on June 16 will be ledderhose disease natural treatment limited to 48 hours. The following week, District 6 and possibly District 8 will be open for ledderhose disease natural treatment an initial 48 hours on June 23 and may be ledderhose disease natural treatment extended based on observed effort and harvest levels. During the first few weeks of the sockeye salmon fishery, any extended fishing time or midweek openings will be based ledderhose disease natural treatment on the preseason forecasts, expected harvest levels, and stock proportion data. Taku-Snettisham/Section 11-B

The terminal run forecast of 9,100 Taku River large Chinook salmon is the second smallest ledderhose disease natural treatment ever produced, after last year’s forecast of 4,700 fish, and nearly 10,000 fish below the bottom end of the escapement goal ledderhose disease natural treatment range (19,000 to 36,000 large fish). With other regional Chinook salmon forecasts at all-time lows, management actions will be taken throughout all fisheries in Southeast ledderhose disease natural treatment Alaska to reduce harvest of wild Chinook salmon. An ongoing stock assessment project on the Taku River, with limited data after only one week of fishing, has increased catch rates on large fish compared to the ledderhose disease natural treatment last three seasons.

The 2019 Taku Inlet / Stephens Passage (Section 11-B) drift gillnet fishery will open to target sockeye salmon for ledderhose disease natural treatment two days beginning Sunday, June 16 with the same initial restrictions in place as ledderhose disease natural treatment last season including a significant area closure of Taku Inlet ledderhose disease natural treatment and waters east of a line of longitude running mid-inlet from the latitude of Point Greely south to a ledderhose disease natural treatment point on the Admiralty Island shoreline north of Station Point, a six-inch maximum mesh size restriction, and night closures from 10 p.m. through 4 a.m. Starting in week 27 (June 30), openings will likely have a lesser degree of Chinook salmon ledderhose disease natural treatment conservation restrictions. Management will be based on wild sockeye salmon abundance through ledderhose disease natural treatment mid-August, after which focus will shift to Taku River coho salmon ledderhose disease natural treatment abundance. Weekly opening times will be determined in-season based on data from Taku River stock assessment projects, fishery catch per unit effort (CPUE), and effort levels.

The terminal runs of Taku River wild sockeye and coho ledderhose disease natural treatment salmon are expected to be below their recent ten-year averages in 2019. Although below average, the sockeye salmon terminal run size should result in some ledderhose disease natural treatment U.S. allowable catch under terms of the Pacific Salmon Treaty (PST) and openings of near-average time and area could occur after the first few ledderhose disease natural treatment weeks. The Taku River coho salmon forecast is at a level ledderhose disease natural treatment where directed openings could be substantially restricted. The current PST Annex IV, which runs from 2019 through 2028, includes harvest sharing objectives for Taku River coho salmon and ledderhose disease natural treatment the current terminal run forecast of 73,000 fish is below the level at which the U.S. has any allowable catch (AC).

The salmon gillnet season in Lynn Canal will open for ledderhose disease natural treatment two days on Sunday, June 16. Both Section 15-A and Section 15-C will open at this time. The pre-season forecast for large Chilkat River Chinook salmon is 1,000 large fish, below the inriver abundance goal range of 1,850 – 3,600 fish. This will result in conservative management during the first several ledderhose disease natural treatment weeks of the gillnet season, with the openings designed to minimize Chinook salmon harvest while ledderhose disease natural treatment allowing for the harvest wild sockeye salmon and enhanced chum ledderhose disease natural treatment salmon.

Section 15-C open area will be limited to the Postage Stamp ledderhose disease natural treatment (waters of Section 15-C south of the latitude of Vanderbilt Reef Light and ledderhose disease natural treatment east of a line from Vanderbilt Reef Light to Little ledderhose disease natural treatment Island Light) through July 6. Night closures from 10:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. and a maximum mesh size restriction of six inches will ledderhose disease natural treatment be in effect districtwide through July 13.

Fishing time and area in the Boat Harbor Terminal Harvest ledderhose disease natural treatment Area (THA) will also reflect Chinook salmon conservation concerns. The outer waters will open by regulation, June 16 within 1.0 nmi of the shoreline for two days per week ledderhose disease natural treatment with a maximum mesh size restriction of six inches through ledderhose disease natural treatment July 6. Beginning June 16, inside Boat Harbor will remain open seven days a week ledderhose disease natural treatment without gear or time restrictions.

The Yakutat set gillnet fisheries do not open until June, and openings for various systems are staggered according to run ledderhose disease natural treatment timing. The Southeast Alaska (SEAK) Transboundary Rivers Chinook salmon stocks are experiencing unprecedented levels of ledderhose disease natural treatment poor production; record low runs were observed for many of these stocks ledderhose disease natural treatment in 2018 and 2019. Forecasts indicate continued poor levels of production in 2019. To bolster spawning escapements, Alaska and Canada are coordinating fisheries management per treaty obligations ledderhose disease natural treatment to minimize harvest of depressed Chinook salmon and sockeye salmon ledderhose disease natural treatment stocks. Management actions to conserve Alsek River Chinook salmon stocks will ledderhose disease natural treatment result in a two-week delay of the fishery. The Alsek River will not open until June 16. Yakutat Bay and the Dangerous River will open on the ledderhose disease natural treatment second Sunday in June (June 9). The Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and the Manby Shore fisheries will open on ledderhose disease natural treatment the third Sunday in June (June 16). The remainder of the Yakutat District will open on the ledderhose disease natural treatment fourth Sunday in June (June 23). The East River, Akwe River and the Italio River systems will open by ledderhose disease natural treatment emergency order when adequate levels of escapement have been observed.

Sockeye salmon returns to the Yakutat Area in 2019 are ledderhose disease natural treatment expected to be average to above average. The 2019 preseason projection of a total return of 300 ledderhose disease natural treatment large Chinook salmon to the Situk River is indicative of ledderhose disease natural treatment a below average return, any harvests of these stocks will result in the escapement ledderhose disease natural treatment goal not being achieved. The subsistence, sport, and commercial fisheries will be closed for Situk River Chinook ledderhose disease natural treatment salmon. These fisheries will reopen when Situk River weir counts indicate ledderhose disease natural treatment the Biological Escapement Goal (BEG) will be attained. The coho salmon return this year is also expected to ledderhose disease natural treatment be average to above average. Terminal Harvest Area (THA) Fisheries

The forecasted return for Nakat Inlet is 254,500 summer chum salmon and 197,100 fall chum salmon. Nakat Inlet opens to the harvest of salmon by drift ledderhose disease natural treatment gillnet and troll gear on Saturday, June 1, 2019. For further information please refer to the 2019 Southeast Alaska ledderhose disease natural treatment drift gillnet fishery management plan and for updates on Southern ledderhose disease natural treatment Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) contributions visit the SSRAA website

The Neets Bay forecasted return is 1,911,400 summer chum, 345,100 fall chum, 16,200 Chinook, and 126,900 coho salmon. Neets Bay opens to the harvest of salmon by troll ledderhose disease natural treatment gear on Saturday June 15, 2019, and by rotational fishery between drift gillnet and purse seine ledderhose disease natural treatment begins on Monday, June 17, 2019. For further information please refer to the ADF&G news release for Neets Bay and for updates on ledderhose disease natural treatment SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website

The forecasted return for Carroll Inlet is 8,000 Chinook salmon. The Carroll Inlet THA opens to the harvest of salmon ledderhose disease natural treatment by all gear groups on Saturday, June 1, 2019, and the rotational fishery between purse seine and drift gillnet ledderhose disease natural treatment begins on Thursday, June 13, 2019. For further information please refer to the ADF&G news release for Carroll Inlet and for updates on ledderhose disease natural treatment SSRAA contributions visit the SSRAA website

The 2019 Anita Bay THA forecast includes: 535,800 summer chum, 15,700 Chinook, and 9,200 coho salmon. Anita Bay opened on June 1 to troll, drift gillnet, and purse seine gear concurrently. Troll fishing will remain open for the season. A rotational fishery will begin on June 13 for the ledderhose disease natural treatment drift gillnet and purse seine gear groups with a time ledderhose disease natural treatment ratio of one to one. This rotational fishing period will conclude on August 31 when ledderhose disease natural treatment the THA opens to both gear groups concurrently until it ledderhose disease natural treatment closes for the season on November 10 at 12:00 noon. Deep Inlet THA

The Deep Inlet THA opened on June 2 for rotational ledderhose disease natural treatment fisheries. Seine openings will occur on Sunday, Thursday, and Friday, and gillnet openings will occur on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each week. Forecasted runs for Deep Inlet THA and Medvejie Hatchery includes ledderhose disease natural treatment 2,144,000 chum, 35,300 king, and 78,000 coho salmon. This season, 100,000 chum salmon are needed for broodstock. Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) does not anticipate cost recovery operations this season in the ledderhose disease natural treatment Deep Inlet THA. Seine and gillnet harvest for openings occurring from June 2–6 is confidential. Hidden Falls THA

The first common property purse seine openings in the Hidden ledderhose disease natural treatment Falls THA are scheduled for June 16, June 20, and June 23. Subsequent openings will depend on inseason run strength. Forecasted runs for 2019 in the Hidden Falls THA include ledderhose disease natural treatment 1,603,000 chum, 167,000 coho, and 1,900 king salmon. NSRAA needs 200,000 chum salmon for broodstock leaving 1,403,000 chum salmon available for common property harvests. NSRAA does not intend to use a tax assessment on ledderhose disease natural treatment the common property harvest of chum salmon to satisfy cost ledderhose disease natural treatment recovery needs as provided under AS 16.10.455.

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