Tag: NOAA Fisheries

Trolling injunction appeal not likely to affect July 1 opening

The commercial salmon troll season is likely to open on schedule in Southeast Alaska on July 1, although an injunction petition that would shut it down remains alive in federal court. The Wild Fish Conservancy on June 15 filed an appeal of US Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson's recommendation to deny the injunction; The US Justice Department, NOAA Fisheries, and Alaska Trollers filed a response on June 29 -- just two days before the scheduled opening of the fishery. Read More

Killer whale advocates ask judge to halt Alaska’s king salmon season

An environmental organization has asked a federal judge to halt commercial salmon trolling in Alaska this summer, to protect an endangered population of killer whales in Puget Sound. The Wild Fish Conservancy filed an injunction in the United States District Court for Western Washington on April 16. Southeast trollers -- and the state -- are expected to push back. Read More

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