Another low salmon forecast means next year there will be no commercial fishing for Southeast kings on a pair of transboundary rivers.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game projects 8,250 king salmon on the Stikine – well below the minimum 14,000 escapement goal for the Southeast river near Wrangell.
The forecast for the Taku River near Juneau isn’t much better: 9,050 fish. That’s nearly 10,000 short of the minimum escapement goal.
But these numbers are better than last year’s, with almost twice as many Taku kings expected.
Fisheries managers said Friday that low forecasts combined with recent poor runs mean other salmon fisheries will see extensive conservation measures in districts 8 and 11 near Petersburg, Wrangell and Juneau.
- On Monday between noon and 4 p.m., federal workers on furlough can take home up to 50 lb. of food from the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.
- When Alaska residents go through a severe mental health crisis, many rural clinics lack the resources to ensure their safety. About 10 patients are held in the Haines rural jail each year awaiting transport to hospitals.
- The Alaska Marine Highway System announced more changes to the Alaska Class Ferry rollout this week, but the summer schedule is still uncertain. A spokesperson says the new plan will get Alaska Class Ferries in service sooner and save money.
- On Friday night in Bethel, the Kuskokwim 300 celebrated its 40th annual sled dog race. Over four decades the race has attracted Alaska’s best mushers, while offering a growing purse and serving as a cornerstone of local mushing. The founders say they could not have predicted how well known and respected that the race would become, or the local champion it would shape.