- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The state Department of Fish and Game says that concerns about the strength of the Chilkat River king salmon run will mean conservative management this summer.

The department announced Monday that commercial, sport and subsistence salmon fisheries near Haines, north of Juneau, will be managed conservatively this summer.

The department is forecasting that it won’t achieve its goal for the number of kings needed to return to the river and spawn. That wasn’t met in 2012, 2013 and 2014, either.

When the regular commercial and subsistence fishing seasons open this summer, no fishing will be allowed in Chilkat Inlet. The in-river subsistence fishery will also be closed.

Sport fishermen also won’t be allowed to retain king salmon in Chilkat Inlet, and will be limited to one king in nearby waters.

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