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2017 Alaska Fishing News and Updates
ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME DIVISION OF COMMERCIAL FISHERIES NEWS RELEASE
The 2017 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon forecast is the sum of individual predictions of nine river
systems (Kvichak, Alagnak, Naknek, Egegik, Ugashik, Wood, Igushik, Nushagak, and Togiak
rivers) and four age classes (ages 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, and 2.3, plus ages 0.3 and 1.4 for the Nushagak
River). Adult escapement and return data from brood years 1972–2013 were used in the analyses.
Predictions for each age class returning to a river system were calculated from models based on the
relationship between adult returns and spawners or siblings from previous years. Tested models
included simple linear regression and recent year averages. In general, models chosen were those
with statistically significant parameters having the greatest past reliability (accuracy and precision)
based on mean absolute deviation, mean absolute percent error, and mean percent error between
forecasts and actual returns for the most recent three year (2014–2016) and five year (2012–2016)
The forecast range is the upper and lower values of the 80% confidence interval for the total run
forecast. The confidence bounds were calculated from the deviation of actual runs and run
forecasts from 2001 through 2016.
A total of 41.47 million sockeye salmon (range 31.20–51.73 million) are expected to return to
Bristol Bay in 2017. This is virtually identical to the most recent 10-year average of Bristol Bay
total runs (41.39) and 27% greater than the long-term mean of 32.76 million fish. All systems
are expected to meet their spawning escapement goals.
Where practical, the department will manage escapements proportional to the run size and relative
to the historical record (5AAC 06.355(d)(1)). Escapement is projected to be the midpoint of the
upper half of the escapement goal range if the forecast is above the historical trend line (Ugashik,
Egegik and Wood Rivers in 2017) or to the midpoint of the lower half of the escapement goal
range if the forecast is below the historical trend line (Igushik, Nushagak, Naknek, Kvichak, and
Togiak Rivers in 2017; Table 1, Figures 1 and 2). Because it is passively managed, the Alagnak
River exploitation rate is assumed to be the same as the Kvichak River exploitation rate and
therefore the escapement is projected to be the total run forecast minus expected harvest.
Preseason projections are provided to aid industry in planning. Once the run begins to develop the
department relies on catch and escapement data for management decisions.
A run of 41.47 million sockeye salmon would allow for a potential total harvest of 29.01 million
fish, 27.47 million fish in Bristol Bay and 1.53 million fish in the South Peninsula fisheries. A
Bristol Bay harvest of this size is 2% lower than the most recent 10-year harvest which has
ranged from 15.43 million to 37.53 million, and 34% greater than the long-term harvest average
of 20.52 million fish (1963 to present).
The run forecast to each district and river system is as follows: 16.07 million to Naknek-Kvichak
District (7.76 million to the Kvichak River; 4.04 million to the Alagnak River and 4.27 million to
the Naknek River); 10.65 million to the Egegik District; 5.46 million to the Ugashik District;
8.62 million to the Nushagak District (5.50 million to the Wood River; 1.87 million to the
Nushagak River and 1.25 million to the Igushik River); and 0.66 million to the Togiak District.
We forecast the 2017 run will consist of 12.05 million age-1.2 fish (29% of the total run), 9.35
million age-2.2 fish (23% of the total run), 16.50 million age-1.3 fish (40% of the total run) and
3.50 million age-2.3 fish.