by Robert Woolsey, KCAW | Jun 29, 2020 | Local News
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.
Commercial fishing for king salmon in Southeast Alaska will likely open on schedule this summer. That’s after a federal judge recommended denying a request by a Washington state environmental group for an injunction to keep the season closed to protect endangered killer whales.
A federal judge heard oral arguments on Thursday (5-28-20) in a lawsuit brought by a Washington state environmental group seeking to shut down king salmon fishing in Alaska this summer, to protect the food supply of endangered killer whales. Much of the legal debate concerned whether the US District Court was the appropriate venue for the challenge.