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2017 Season Opener Announcement

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The Copper River 1st period of the 2017 season has been announced by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. See announcement text below:

The 2017 Copper River king salmon forecast of 29,000 fish is the smallest since 1985 and continues a recent pattern of weak returns. The department will implement additional commercial salmon fishery restrictions this season to reduce commercial king salmon harvest. An expanded inside waters closure area is expected t...o remain in place through the entire king salmon run timing. There will only be a single 12-hour fishing period during the first week of the fishery instead of the normal two periods per week. Reduced fishing time and area is anticipated during the following weeks of the fishery. Upriver sport, personal use, and subsistence fisheries have already been closed or restricted for the season. These actions are being taken to ensure the achievement of the 24,000 or more king salmon sustainable escapement goal.

The Copper River District will open for the season at 7:00 am on Thursday, May 18 for a 12-hour commercial fishing period. Waters within the expanded Chinook salmon inside closure area will be closed during this period.

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