Even if your personal-use salmon season was a bust this summer, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game still needs to know about it.
On Wednesday, the department sent out a reminder that the deadline for personal-use fishermen to report their dipnet or setnet harvest — or lack thereof — is Aug. 15.
"ADF&G reminds participants they are required by law to report their harvests even if they did not fish, or even if they fished but caught nothing," the department wrote. "Compliance with the permit requirements is important for future management of the Upper Cook Inlet personal use fisheries."
Participants who fail to report their harvest are subject to a loss of fishing privileges for next season.
Luckily, there are numerous ways to report, including online. Participants can report their catch on the department's website, or via smartphone by scanning the QR code on the back of the paper permit. Permits with completed harvest information can also be returned via mail or dropped off at the nearest Fish and Game office.
Personal-use success was spotty this season, especially at the state's largest fishery at the mouth of the Kenai River, where sockeye salmon catch reports were low and dipnetting was closed a day early. As of Aug. 8, sonar counts showed the Kenai return was still just shy of the lower end of its 700,000 sockeye sustainable escapement goal, and the in-river sonar count lagged about 300,000 fish behind last year's return by that date.