Alaska Fisheries Report — Jan. 29, 2020



Both sides of the Sitka Sound herring lawsuit presented oral arguments this week. The suit brought by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska seeks to preserve the traditional herring spawn subsistence fishery.

ADF&G scientists confirm what many fishermen knew anecdotally—2019 was a hot year and the warmer water temps killed hundreds of thousands of sockeye salmon transiting Bristol Bay to their home streams.

Alaska’s small shellfish farmers would take a big financial hit if a budget proposal from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is approved. The DEC is looking to shift the costs of shellfish testing to the farmers, a move which some say would put them out of business.


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We had help from Robert Woolsey at KCAW in Sitka. Izzy Ross with Alaska’s Energy Desk in Dillingham and Kavitha George at KMXT. And Laine Welch from Alaska Fish Radio.

For you fishermen, be careful fishing. Your family needs you to come home safely.



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