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Conserving the Kenai Kings: Widespread king salmon decline points to natural forces

...state that have very little fishing pressure and few habitat concerns have also seen crashes in king salmon runs.Robert Begich is an area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game based in Soldotna. He's worked on other...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-11-10
State
Kings in cycle: Salmon populations follow patterns of boom and bust

...that's likely to ensue will add to the number of salmon seekers." Early run decline ADFG Area Management Biologist Robert Begich can pinpoint the exact year - 2007- when data showed the early run of Kenai River king salmon, and king stocks statewide...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-11-03/kings-cycle-salmon-populations-follow-p
State
Pike found in another Kenai Peninsula lake

...species were illegally introduced there more than two years ago. Department of Fish and Game sportfish area manager Robert Begich says the lake will be included in its management plan for the Soldotna Creek drainage. Tiny Lake is 100 yards west...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/092310/reg_711183245.shtml
Regional News
Fish and Game tackles invasive species problem

...material suits and toting big cylinders of the piscicide rotenone around the lake in department boats. According to Robert Begich, the sportfish area management biologist for Fish and Game in Soldotna, Scout has had northern pike since at least...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/101809/sta_506052834.shtml
Fishing for Kenai king salmon shut down

...It looks like this is the lowest run that we have ever seen in the Kenai on record going back into the 1980s," Robert Begich, the department's area management biologist, said Wednesday.The Kenai River management plan stipulates that if...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-07-19/fishing-kenai-king-salmon-shut-down
State
Board of Fisheries rejects 6 setnetter appeals against Kenai salmon closure

...fishery because of the incidental catch of kings. About 400 permits were issued. The setnet fishery ends July 31.Robert Begich, Fish and Game's area management biologist, has said the Kenai king run looks to be the lowest on record going...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-07-27/board-fisheries-rejects-6-setnetter-app
State
Board keeps status quo in sport fisheries

...sockeye caught and so many coho caught maybe it's time to turn it over to the in-river people." According to Robert Begich, area manager of sport fisheries for the Department of Fish and Game, the commercial fleet on average harvests about...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/030711/sta_795779724.shtml
News
Alaskans wonder where the king salmon have gone

...opportunity to catch a trophy king.But a ban on king fishing on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers went into effect Thursday.Robert Begich, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's area management biologist, said the Kenai king run looks to be the lowest...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-07-20/alaskans-wonder-where-king-salmon-have-
State
Sonar salmon count begins on Kenai River

...count began at 12:01 a.m. on May 16. As of Tuesday, a season total of 226 king salmon had passed the site. Robert Begich, sportfishery biologist at Fish and Game's Soldotna office, said it's very early in the return. But he said...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/052608/reg_283025134.shtml
Tourist catches colossal king salmon

...requirements, he wasn't disappointed with the catch. "It's the biggest one caught so far this year," said Robert Begich, a Department of Fish and Game area sport fish manager. Earlier that same morning, Peterson had brought up a 49-inch...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/071708/reg_305234012.shtml
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