Commercial salmon fishing periods in Kodiak have been extended again. The period will continue until 6 p.m. Friday for the entire Northwest and Northeast Kodiak Districts, as well as in parts of the Afognak, Alitak, Southwest and Eastside Kodiak Districts, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced yesterday.

The following sections in the Alitak District will have an uninterrupted extension until 6 p.m. Friday: Cape Alitak, Humpy-Deadman, Alitak Bay, Moser Bay and Olga Bay. The uninterrupted extension applies to the following sections in the Eastside Kodiak District: Sitalidak, Two-Headed and Seven Rivers.

The commercial salmon fishing in the Southwest Afognak Section of the Afognak District also has been extended without break until 6 p.m. on Friday.

The commercial salmon fishing period in the Duck Bay Section closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday; however, it will reopen at noon tomorrow and will end at 6 p.m. on Friday as well.

As of Tuesday, the Department of Fish and Game estimates that 22,712,295 salmon have been caught this season. This number includes approximately 19.3 million pink salmon. Pink salmon catch is expected to meet DFG’s forecast. Coho and chum salmon catch are still hundreds of thousands of fish behind the department’s estimates.

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