Alaska Fisheries Report — June 13, 2019

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First a roundup of fisheries around the state.

Last year was the worst commercial sockeye season in Chignik since statehood. And a slow start this year is making people concerned about this summer’s return.

Meanwhile, in Southeast, Haines gillnetters are prepping for the June 16th king salmon opener. A big change this year are stricter regulations and a smaller fishing window.

And in Kodiak, fishermen continue to wait for disaster relief money for the 2016 pink salmon season. Some are hoping the checks would be in time to help pay this season’s bills, but that remains to be seen.

DETAILS:  Current ‘earliest’ projection of when fishers will receive checks is early August. This is all subject to change, and as Kodiak Rep. Louise Stutes says, “Don’t hold your breath and don’t spend your money until you have your check in your hand.”

 

We had help from Izzy Ross at KDLG in Dillingham, Henry Leasia at KHNS in Haines, Laine Welch at Alaska Fish Radio, and Kavitha George here at KMXT in Kodiak

Good luck fishing everyone, and do be careful.

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