It would have been the first king salmon derby in Ketchikan since 2017.
Sitka Tribe of Alaska filed suit against Fish and Game in 2018 over the department’s management of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.
Video footage indicates that as many as 60 people could have been exposed at the Norwegian Rat that night.
A group of Bering Sea crabbers say they want more time to catch their quota before the state shuts down their season next week.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game projects a biomass of 236,700 tons — the highest forecast since 1993, when the state started to use its current forecasting method.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is sending out two surveys —one for fishermen and one for processors — about the effects of the pandemic.
Clean-up efforts concluded on Wednesday after a sunken fishing vessel spilled diesel fuel in Sitka Sound.
Last year’s sockeye run was the lowest since 1971, at 4.36 million fish. Commercial fishermen saw a harvest of 700,000 salmon in 2020, over 1 million short of the preseason projections.
The COVID-19 relief bill signed into law this week includes $300 million for fishery assistance nationwide.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting a harvest of 28 million pinks in the region next summer. This year’s catch wound up at 8.1 million pinks, roughly the same harvest as two years ago.