Port Graham/English Bay Area Closed to Retention of Sockeye Salmon June 1 – July 31

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All waters of the English Bay River drainage and Port Graham Subdistrict close to the retention of sockeye salmon at 11:59 p.m., Saturday, May 31, 2008, and will remain closed through 11:59 p.m., Thursday, July 31, 2008.

The 2008 preseason forecast for sockeye salmon returning to the English Bay lakes is less than the low end of the sustainable escapement goal of 6,000 – 13,500. As a result, all returning fish will likely be required for spawning escapement, and no harvestable surplus is expected.

Sockeye salmon may not be possessed or retained during this closed period.

Escapement at the English Bay River weir will be monitored to assess run strength, but reopening the fishery is unlikely unless the actual sockeye salmon return is stronger than projected, and escapement and brood stock requirements are met.

The Port Graham Subdistrict includes all waters east of the longitude of Point Bede at 151º 59.40’ and south of the latitude of Point Pogibshi at 59º 25.47.