Fishing slowed down for the eighty-five boats that participated in yesterday’s purse seine fishery in the Amalga Harbor special harvest area. This was the second opening for returning DIPAC chum salmon.
While the effort was similar to last week’s, commercial fisheries area biologist Dave Harris says the catching wasn’t as robust.
“Kind of all depends on the timing of the chums coming back and it appears that the chum have been early this year. The peak was actually in last week’s opening, so we did catch that peak period.”
During last week’s July 4th opening, 84 boats harvested 645,000 chum salmon.
DIPAC executive director Eric Prestegard says the fish are selling for 55-60 cents a pound.
“Last week, they caught almost 5 million pounds so that’s almost $3 million in six hours.”
This is only the second year this fishery has been open and Prestagard hopes DIPAC can continue to do it every year.
- Lawmakers plan to spend as little as one day in Juneau, as they meet Thursday for their third special session this year.
- Charging documents state that a seizure caused an accident that left two people dead July 4th last year. The driver in a van accident, Chris Allen, 24, is facing murder and manslaughter charges.
- Alaska Airlines is still ironing out operational wrinkles following the acquisition of Virgin America last year. At the same time, its smaller, regional airline is still grappling with a pilot shortage.
- A green sponge discovered in 2005 in Southeast Alaska waters has unique properties that could be used to treat certain types of cancer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosted a news conference Wednesday morning.