Missing sockeye

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With the commercial catch of sockeye in Upper Cook Inlet almost double the number of sockeye in the Kenai River, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has downgraded the size of the Kenai sockeye return to allow for more commercial fishing.

Some in-river fishermen are madder than hell about the late Tuesday decision, but biologists for the state agency are simply and dutifully following a management plan laid out by the Alaska Board of Fisheries in early 2017.

Led by Board members Robert Ruffner from Kenai and Board Chairman John Jensen from Petersburg, the Board that year made clear its opinion that Cook Inlet sockeye, most of which come from the Kenai River,  are to be managed to benefit the commercial fishing industry.

Missing sockeye
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