ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Board of Fish unanimously voted down an agenda request change by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association at an Anchorage meeting Wednesday. If approved it would have allowed the board to take up king salmon management out of cycle.
KRSA wanted the board to address various aspects of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's management plan for Kenai River late-run king salmon, saying the state did a poor job of management this past year.
"Despite it not being passed, I think a very fruitful discussion happened between the Board of Fish and department in terms of late run Kenai River king salmon," Rick Gease, executive director of KRSA, said during an interview.
The Kenai River has seen runs well below its nine-year average for the past three years.
In August, Fish and Game opened up a 56-hour window for the setnet fleet, in order to help mop of a large sockeye salmon run. KRSA criticized the opening, saying it could put the state in jeopardy of not meeting the escapement goal for kings.