ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game began its annual count of Kenai king salmon Monday. This year, the department hopes to keep the public in the loop by releasing all the information it gathers when counting kings.
ADF&G biologists use information from two sonar sites, test nets and success statistics from sports fishermen to estimate the passage of kings on the Kenai River. Starting May 23, biologists will post all of that information on the department's website.
"It helps them keep in tune with the fishery, and our in-season management of king salmon," said Robert Begich, ADF&G area biologist, during a phone interview.
The department plans on posting the information twice a week. It also plans to provide information to anglers daily on its hotline and a weekly fishing report.