Local News

Winter king harvest hits target

Winter troll fishing wraps up tonight at midnight (4-30-14). Fishermen had one of their better recent winter seasons. As of mid-day today (Wednesday), trollers had landed 46,800 king salmon, far more than the 26,200 landed by this time last year, and well above the 5-year average.

Troll fish management biologist Patty Skannes says this year’s harvest is right on target. The guideline harvest level for winter kings is between 43,000 and 47,000 so-called “treaty kings,” or all fish NOT produced in Alaska hatcheries, and subject to the terms of the US treaty with Canada.

Skannes estimates that about 3,000 of this winter’s kings were produced in the state.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game will have better numbers once all fish tickets are in from processors around the region.

Prices this winter peaked at over $11 per pound, but dropped as weather improved and more fishermen headed out to the grounds.

At one point in mid-April, some trollers were landing over 30 kings per day.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Seiner sinks in Eastern Channel

122
Yesterday evening (09-01-15), a wooden seiner ran aground in the vicinity of the Twins Island, roughly 0.5 to 0.75 nm off the mouth of Indian River. The F/V Pacific Venture later sunk. Marine Safety Detachment Sitka estimates 5 gallons of diesel fuel was released in that grounding. more

Governor declares disaster in Sitka, freeing up relief funds

150818_slides_Waldholz_01
On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment, but that the incident is ongoing and total recovery costs are unknown. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars. Individual assistance and family grants are also available, at a cap of $16,450 per household. more