The problem of poor Chinook salmon returns, which pretty much shut down eastside Cook Inlet setnetters in 2012, has received a lot of attention this off-season.
And the focus on the problem continues.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is now looking for a contractor to "identify differences in the migration patterns of Chinook and sockeye salmon" in the eastside setnet fishery and "determine potential alternative management strategies to reduce Chinook harvests."
The state solicitation indicates the research contract is worth $693,000.
Jump to page 23 to read the background information,
and to see a map.
The department wants the contractor to attach acoustic telemetry tags to salmon captured in Lower Cook Inlet.
"Test fishing has determined that the majority of sockeye salmon entering the Central District migrate northward near the center of Cook Inlet ... but it is not known whether Chinook salmon follow this same migratory pathway," the solicitation says.