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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will double the limit for sockeye salmon caught in both the northern salt waters of Resurrection Bay and part of the freshwaters of Resurrection River, effective 12:01 a.m. Friday morning. The limit will increase to twelve fish per day and twelve in possession.

The area covered by the order includes Resurrection River downstream of the Seward Highway and all of the marine waters of Resurrection Bay north of a line drawn from Caines Head to the north point of Thumb Cove.

The rules for sockeye salmon harvest differ in salt and in fresh water, with the main difference that snagging is allowed in salt water. Fish and Game has placed regulatory saltwater markings on the shores of Resurrection River.

Fish and Game increased the bag limit in response to a strong showing from this year’s sockeye salmon run, said Area Management Biologist Jay Baumer. The department said in a press release that over 11,500 sockeye had crossed the weir at Bear Lake, approaching the upper end of the targeted range.