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2015 sockeye run produces smaller fish across state

...07 pounds. The historical average, he said, is closer to 6 pounds.Kenai area commercial management biologist Pat Shields said he expects this year's sockeye size to be smaller than average as well.Geoff Spalinger, the Kodiak area commercial...
Declining Kenai king projection triggers commercial sockeye restrictions

...time to be allotted among regular periods on Aug. 8, 9, 10, and 13.Previously, Kenai River commercial manager Pat Shields said it was unclear whether the 36 hours of August fishing time would be counted from the date of restriction or from...
August reds depend on ADFG call on Kenai kings

...the month of August, and therefore potentially close the entire fishery retroactively. Kenai area commercial manager Pat Shields said Fish and Game's legal department and the management at the Anchorage ADFG office are currently reviewing this...
Fish and Game loosens Kenai River king restrictions

...This removes the restrictions we were under on the east side setnet fishery," said Kenai River commercial biologist Pat Shields. "With the assessment, it removes the mandatory restriction of no more than 36 hours and returns us to management...
Drifters, setnetters to fish at Kasilof River mouth chaotic as there are no restrictions on how far apart the nets have to be. Commercial Area Management Biologist Pat Shields said the season is reaching a point when it can be difficult to manage the commercial fishing fleet because there are...
Across state, early salmon catches underweight

...the actual average drop another fraction of a pound when Fish and Game makes its own size counts later in the season.Pat Shields, the area biologist for Upper Cook Inlet, also said that this year's returning reds are the smallest on department...
Sockeye swarm the Kasilof, prompting early commercial fishing opener

...the very tail end of the run for the early run in the marine environment," said Commercial Area Management Biologist Pat Shields. "We're transitioning into the late run." Shields said managers are cognizant of the closure in the Kenai river...
Fish and Game predicts average year for Cook Inlet commercial harvest

...all user groups, according to its 2015 outlook for commercial salmon fishing. Commercial Area Management Biologist Pat Shields said the harvest, if the forecast is correct, would be about average. The Kenai River sockeye salmon forecast is...
Upper Cook Inlet sockeye harvest forecasted to beat 2014

...Typically, harvest is more evenly split between drift and set gillnet fishermen, said Commercial Area Management Biologist Pat Shields in a previous Clarion interview.However, as sockeye salmon continue to return to the inlet in large numbers and king...
Layoffs on the horizon for state employees

...Inlet-based research projects through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Commercial area management biologist Pat Shields said his department was asked to prioritize projects. So far, four have been identified as potential cuts from next...


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