Video: Management Biologist Pat Shields

Upper Cook Inlet Area Management Biologist, Pat Shields discusses the strategies and technologies used in to ensure responsible management of the Sockeye fishery in the Kenai River/Upper Cook Inlet area.

Each summer mature salmon return to the Kenai River where they were born to mate and spawn before they die. This annual migration gives biologists an excellent opportunity to observe populations up close. To protect these salmon, fisheries biologists establish escapement goals – the number of salmon that need to get upstream for mating to ensure a healthy population – and then monitor the salmon runs throughout the fishing season.

Fishing fleets are allowed finite windows of time to catch the salmon with fishery managers deciding when to open and close the grounds to reach the escapement goals. While in some cases management goals are established prior to the season open based on population estimates from the open ocean, the salmon fisheries practice what is known as “in-season” management, allowing goals and harvests to be adjusted in real time for the long-term benefit of the salmon populations.

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