The Wild Alaskan Salmon season continues to struggle getting started this year. The Copper River District will remain closed.
Date Issued: Saturday, June 9, 2018
COPPER RIVER DISTRICT: The Copper River District will remain closed to commercial fishing. To date, the sonar count is the 9th lowest on record (1978 – 2017). Cumulative commercial harvest this year is the 2nd lowest harvest to-date in the last 50 years. Cumulative sonar count through June 8 is 129,861 fish whereas a minimum of 221,857 fish are projected by this date.
The 0600 count for June 9 is 2,280 fish. Fishermen are advised that the Copper River commercial fishery may open on short notice should indices of Sockeye Salmon abundance support fishing. A minimum of 17 hours advance notice of a fishery opening is anticipated.
The next scheduled Salmon fisheries announcement is anticipated to be at 12:00 pm Wednesday, June 13.