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Kenai Fish and Wildlife Office
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Kenai Fish & Wildlife Field Office - Fisheries Program

We monitor and assess salmon, trout and resident species populations and their habitats in Southcentral Alaska and the Kuskokwim River watershed. Fish are vital to the ecological, economical, and cultural health of these regions. Rivers and lakes provide rearing and spawning habitat for fish that are important for subsistence, commercial, and sport fishing. Monitoring and assessment projects provide information used to conserve these valuable fishery resources.

Service Partners with State of Alaska to Eradicate Northern Pike from Kenai River Tributary

With partial funding support from the Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game plans to eradicate non-native, invasive northern pike from the Soldotna Creek drainage and restock with native fish rescued from the drainage. Illegally introduced Northern pike have eliminated all native fish populations in the western branch of Soldotna Creek and are impacting native fish populations in the remainder of the drainage. Because Soldotna Creek is a tributary to the Kenai River, these pike could spread into other vulnerable habitats within the Kenai River drainage, such as the Moose River. The Service recently published a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for public comment through September 12, 2014. (Public Notice)

Review the FONSI and learn more about this project on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's website.

 

Tracking lake trout in Hidden Lake.  Photo Credit: Katrina Mueller/USFWS
Tracking lake trout in Hidden Lake.
Photo Credit: Katrina Mueller/USFWS

Last updated: August 28, 2014