Alaska Fisheries Report — March 5, 2020



Alaska’s first and most lucrative herring fishery at Sitka Sound is not likely to open for the second year in a row, and for only the second time in the fishery’s nearly 45-year history. Small fish and a weak market are to blame.

Meanwhile, farther north, the Norton Sound winter crab fishery opened last weekend, but nobody showed up to fish.

And finally, a shakeup in the seafood processing industry is raising questions about King Cove’s future.


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We had help from Katherine Rose at KCAW in Sitka. Davis Hovey at KNOM in Nome. Nat Herz with Alaska’s Energy Desk in Anchorage. 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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