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Title: Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Restoration

Project Year and Number: 1993: 93015

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 1997: 97255-CLO, 1996: 96255-2, 1996: 96255-1, 1996: 96255, 1995: 95255, 1994: 94255, 1992: R053

Principal Investigator (PI): Ken Tarbox, Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Assisting Personnel: Linda Brannian, Randall Davis, Jeff Fox, Stephen Fried, Bruce King

Research Location: Kenai River

Restoration Category: General Restoration

Injured Resources Addressed: Sockeye Salmon

Abstract: Greatly reduced fishing time in the Upper Cook Inlet (UCI) area due to EVOS caused sockeye salmon spawning escapement levels in the Kenai River system to exceed the desired amount by three times. Data collected by the Natural Resources Damage Assessment following the EVOS indicated greatly reduced survival of juvenile sockeye salmon during the winter-spring rearing period. Overpopulated rearing juvenile sockeye salmon may have exceeded the carrying capacity of salmon rearing lakes, affecting all trophic levels in the lakes. Limiting sockeye salmon fry production by closely regulating the number of spawning adults may be the only way to restore the productivity of these rearing areas.

The goal of this project is to restore Kenai River sockeye salmon stocks injured by the EVOS. This will be accomplished through improved stock assessment capabilities, more accurate regulation of spawning levels, and modification of human use. Restoration will be achieved when average fry, smolt, and adult production can be maintained.

Kenai River System sockeye salmon will be identified by genetic and parasite characteristics in combination with an offshore test fishing program and detection by hydroacoustic equipment.


Geographic Regions Cook Inlet
Species Fish - Salmon
Fields of Expertise Ecology
Technological Methods Tissue sampling/biopsy

Proposal: PDF Not Available

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 1993

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 1993

Annual Report: 1993: View (1,319 KB)

Final Report: See Project 854

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
1997: 97255-CLO Not Available 1997: Not Available
See Project 96255-1 See Project 96255-1
1996: 96255-2 Not Available 1996: Not Available
View See Project 96255-1
1996: 96255-1 Not Available 1996: Not Available
View No datasets
1996: 96255 Not Available 1996: Not Available
See Project 96255-1 See Project 96255-1
1995: 95255 Not Available 1995: View (PDF)
See Project 96255-1 See Project 96255-1
1994: 94255 Not Available 1994: View (PDF)
View See Project 96255-1
1992: R053 Not Available 1992: Not Applicable
See Project 94255 See Project 96255-1