Alaska Fisheries Report — May 14, 2020



If it’s salmon season it must be summer, right? The commercial salmon season kicked off on Thursday in the Copper River district. The first fresh salmon out of Alaska is usually met with a lot of hoopla and salivating by restaurants in Seattle. This year, it’s doubtful someone would be willing to pay $80 or $90 per person for a takeout meal.

Meanwhile the Norton Sound salmon fleet is gearing up.

And the price of salmon permits is falling—yeah, it’s the COVID.

There is some good news for fishermen affected by the pandemic. State fisheries officials are drawing up plans to distribute $50 million in federal relief for fishermen.

And finally, a favorite COVID-19 song.

All that coming up on this week’s edition of the Alaska Fisheries Report, right after this.


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We had help from Abby Collins at Alaska Public Media. Davis Hovey at KNOM in Nome. Jacob Resneck with CoastAlaska reported from Juneau. And we had help from Laine Welch from Alaska Fish Radio.

A special thanks to Brent McCollough for use of his “Staying Inside” parody.

(“Staying Inside” song Bee Gees Parody by Brent McCollough Used with Permission

A big thank you to all you listeners of the Alaska Fisheries Report and to all the radio stations that air our program.

Remember to practice social distancing and observer the 14-day quarantine period if it applies to you and your crew. And be sure to check that safety gear when you get ready to head out.


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