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Troy Newark at work in Sitka’s Crescent Harbor Shelter. (KCAW photo/Erik Neumann)
Seiner Troy Newark mends his net in preparation for the upcoming salmon season. Seiners, trollers, and gillnetters are already taking turns in Sitka Sound in various pre-season hatchery openings. The main event for most salmon fishermen happens in July and beyond. Seiners will land millions of pink salmon — aka “humpies” — by summer’s end. Read an overview
of commercial fishing in Southeast by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.
The Tongass National Forest is in the crosshairs of environmental organizations again. Two large coalitions are pressuring the Obama administration to stop all old-growth logging, in part to fight climate change. more
Explosives found last week at the end of Lance Drive in Sitka turned out to be no longer dangerous -- in fact, bomb experts believe that they had already detonated underground years ago. more