A stick figure - hastily drawn in blue dry-erase marker - strums a guitar along a riverbank while a large fork-tongued salmon swims upstream, the caption reads, "We are the sultans, we are the sultans of ping.
Editor's note: This story is part of the Clarion's continuing look at issues affecting Cook Inlet salmon fisheries.
Early next week researchers from around the country will gather in Anchorage to address the state's king salmon puzzle. One of the missing pieces they will attempt to nail down is a lack of consistent data between the state's king-bearing rivers.
When are the "heads" of the Sport Fish Division of Fish and Game going to realize that getting a bigger and bigger share of salmon allocation and opportunity is not going to be good for the sustained yield and habitat protection of the Kenai River?
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Subsistence fishing for salmon and other fish will soon be legal on the upper Kenai River and other federal waters on the Kenai Peninsula, and salmon dipnetters will share the Copper River with fish wheels.
Facing the prospect of the lowest run on record, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued further emergency restrictions on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers in an attempt to bolster the number of early run king salmon that make it back up the river to spawn. The Kenai River, from its mouth upstream to Skilak Lake, will be closed to king salmon fishing beginning Friday through the end of the early run on June 30 as Fish and Game tries to meet its minimum escapement goal.
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