Alaskan officials double fishing limits after bumper salmon run

A substantial red salmon run in the Kenai River in Southern Alaska has moved the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to double the amount of fish anglers can take home.

Anglers on the Kenai River for the 2015 salmon run.

Anglers on the Kenai River for the 2015 salmon run. Image by Alexander Howard/Lonely Planet

Fishers can now bag six salmon, two of which can be silver salmon, a species of fish known to be endangered elsewhere. Salmon are a popular game fish in the Kenai Peninsula, with the season beginning mid-May and running through September. In recent years, salmon numbers in the Kenai River have been declining, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has put heavy restrictions on game fishing in the river and its tributaries. This year Fish and Game says this year’s population has achieved expected numbers. Read more: adn.com

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