Chitina Dip Net Fishery Closed Until Further Notice
As of Monday June 18th, the Chitina personal use dip net fishery will be closed, which is some unfortunate news for sport hunters looking to do some dip netting.
Due to a low passage of sockeye salmon, dip netting below the Chitina/McCarthy Bridge will be prohibited.
As of June 12th, just over 178-thousand salmon were counted past the Miles Lake sonar, which is around 35 percent fewer than the expected 276-thousand salmon.
Mark Somerville is a Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and he said as of right now this closure is indefinite and talked about the last time they had to close down a fishery.
"We have had to close King Salmon down and put restrictions on King Salmon since about 2009. This is the first time we have taken action in the Sockeye fishery, especially to this degree and currently this is the second lowest Sockeye run to the Copper River in 50 years." Somerville said.
Residents who have already purchased a Chitina personal use permit can exchange the permit for a Glennallen Subdistrict subsistence permit as long as is has been 3 calendar days since the original permit purchase