Sockeye Limits Increased For Redoubt Bay, Lake

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

These Bristol Bay sockeye salmon in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge are part of a $350-plus billion industry that opponents of the Pebble Mine have sought to protect. A December Recommended Determination from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 office could mean more permanent regulations to ban the gold and copper project for good. (U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)


(Sitka) – Effective 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July 1, 2023, harvest limits in the Redoubt Bay and Lake subsistence and sport fisheries will be increased. The subsistence individual/household possession limit of sockeye salmon at Redoubt Bay and Lake will be 25 sockeye salmon and the individual/household annual limit will be 100 sockeye salmon. The sport fish bag and possession limit will be 6 sockeye salmon.

The Redoubt Lake weir, operated by the U.S. Forest Service, was installed and operational on June 13, 2023. As of June 27, 8,828 sockeye salmon have been counted through the weir. Based on historical run timing the projected escapement for the 2023 season exceeds 30,000 sockeye salmon.

The Redoubt Bay and Lake Sockeye Salmon Management Plan provides management provisions for subsistence, sport, and commercial fisheries that harvest Redoubt Lake sockeye salmon based on an optimal escapement goal of 7,000 to 25,000 fish. The plan directs ADF&G to increase sockeye salmon limits if the projected total escapement is greater than 30,000 fish. Participants in these fisheries are reminded that no person may possess subsistence-taken and sport-taken salmon on the same day.

The Emergency Orders corresponding with this advisory announcement are: 1S2223 and 1-RS-D-19-23.