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ADF&G Announces 24 Hour Commercial Salmon Fishing Opening

Salmon caught in gillnet. Photo: Ingrid Taylar via Flickr Creative Commons.
Salmon caught in gillnet. Photo: Ingrid Taylar via Flickr Creative Commons.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a 24-hour opening for commercial salmon gillnet fishing in Norton Sound Subdistricts 1 through 3. The announcement, made by Norton Sound Area Manager Kevin Clark, details the following schedule:

  • Subdistrict 1 (Nome): Open from 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, until 9 p.m. on Friday, June 28.
  • Subdistricts 2 and 3 (Golovin and Elim): Open from 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, until 6 p.m. on Friday, June 28.

These openings are specifically for chum salmon with gillnet mesh sizes restricted to six inches or smaller.

The outlook for chum salmon in the northern sections of Norton Sound is expected to mirror last year, with a harvestable surplus available for directed commercial fishing. Permit holders are reminded to ensure they have a market for their catch before participating.

This commercial fishing period does not impact the current subsistence fisheries schedules, restrictions, or closures.

For further information contact Kevin Clark at (907) 443-5167 or (800) 560-2271.

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