Recreational sockeye and chinook salmon fishing in the Alsek River are off the table.
The preseason forecast for Alsek River chinook salmon is 4,000 fish, while the escapement goal range is 3,500 to 5,300 fish.
“A forecast of this magnitude provides for very little directed harvest opportunity,” Fisheries and Oceans Canada said Monday.
“As a result, the Alsek River (British Columbia and Yukon portions, including tributaries) daily recreational quota for chinook salmon is reduced to zero fish until further notice.
“Additionally, the Yukon portion of the Alsek River drainage will be closed to all salmon angling effective April 1 to August 14, 2022.”
Meanwhile, the preseason forecast for Alsek River sockeye salmon is 49,000 fish; the escapement goal range is 24,000 to 33,500 fish.
Consequently, the Alsek River (B.C. and Yukon portions, including tributaries) daily recreational quota for sockeye salmon is also reduced to zero fish until further notice.
“The daily quota reductions are necessary to ensure that chinook and sockeye salmon escapement is maximized in the Alsek River (including tributaries) for 2022,” the federal department said.
“Further restrictions or liberalizations are subject to in season information.”