Tuesday, January 5, 2010
A bum forecast for Cook Inlet salmon
The Department of Fish and Game has posted its 2010 forecast for Upper Cook Inlet sockeye, and it's not very appealing.
Total harvest for all user groups including commercial, sport and dipnet fishermen is projected at 2.3 million fish, with commercial gillnetters to account for most of the catch.
The forecast is way below the 20-year average harvest of 4 million fish.
Last year's tally was 2.6 million.
State biologists expect sockeye runs to the Kenai and Susitna rivers to be well short of historic averages, with the Kasilof River run to nearly match its average.