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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...
Cook Inlet sport fishermen faced newly restrictive fisheries in 2014

...late-run kings was about 18,000 or 19,000 fish, said ADFG Division of Commercial Fisheries area management biologist Pat Shields, which was similar to the preseason forecast. ADFG estimated the escapement at about 16,061 kings. The run size...
Drift fishermen critical of new management plan

...pounds of sockeye. Most fishermen saw lower catch per unit effort, or CPUE, this summer. According to ADFG biologist Pat Shields, the CPUE never exceeded 500 fish for the whole summer. Maw attributed that to management plan changes that meant...
Fish and Game rescinds Cook Inlet season summary to correct 'nomenclature'

...much closer to meeting. The summary, which was issued Oct. 10 by Soldotna-area commercial management biologist Pat Shields and assistant area management biologist Aaron Dupuis, contained a table that showed a final sockeye passage of 1...
Kasilof setnetters to open, some face gear restrictions

...the Kasilof - a river that exceeded its escapement goal by nearly 100,000 fish in 2013 - area management biologist Pat Shields said Fish and Game waited a few days to try and protect early-run king salmon bound for the nearby Kenai River. The...
Board of Fish 2014-15 agenda to include Cook Inlet clams, felt-sole boots

...add it to one of the regularly scheduled meetings - usually the supplemental issues meeting in March.ADFG Biologist Pat Shields said the department had not submitted any agenda change requests for Cook Inlet fisheries, but that he thought stakeholders...
Cook Inlet commercial fisheries winding down numbers, and could change based on fish ticket data at the end of the summer. ADFG Area Management Biologist Pat Shields said that looking at the department's most basic charge - meeting escapement goals - the season was a success, although...
Kenai River king salmon fishing closed for the rest of the season

...escapement into the Kasilof River, but the nearby Kenai River sockeye run has yet to hit the river with the same strength. Pat Shields, area management biologist in the commercial division of Fish and Game, said indicators are that sockeye were still...


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