Copper River counts keep commercial fishing closed

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There seems to be a decent chance commercial fishing in the Copper River District could resume soon despite a dismal start to the famed early season salmon fishery.

“I’m optimistic about having some opportunity at this point,” Cordova Area Management Biologist Jeremy Botz said June 16.

Botz attributed the more positive sentiment to the facts that recent counts of sockeye at the Miles Lake sonar in the Copper River have been greater than expected and the sockeye that move through the river in May and early June are not headed to the same spawning tributaries that the fish entering the Copper in late June and July are.

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