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Cook Inlet setnetters have lowest harvest in decades

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:38 pm | Updated: 11:54 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

KENAI, Alaska - Upper Cook Inlet setnetters had one of their worst seasons in decades.

The Peninsula Clarion (http://is.gd/zSY7Tv) says preliminary figures provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show that the 2012 setnetter harvest was the lowest since 1966.

Setnetters had to sit out much of the season because of poor king salmon returns.

Overall, the 2012 commercial sockeye salmon fishing harvest was good. Fish and Game figures show that driftnetters harvested approximately 2.9 million sockeye, or about 93 percent of the total sockeye salmon harvest in the Upper Cook Inlet.

Driftnetters normally catch 55 percent of the sockeye harvest and setnetters 45 percent.

The total harvest of sockeye in the Upper Cook Inlet was 3.1 million fish.

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