Proponents of the ban argued that spearfishing was inefficient, dangerous and disruptive to schooling sockeye — and likely illegal in any case.
63.2 million fish have returned to the bay this year, breaking the 2018 record of 62.9 million.
The base price is significantly higher than last year’s price of $0.70, but it’s still lower than the 2019 price of $1.35.
The harvest may be low, but prices for Copper River salmon were high — Peter Pan said it would pay triple last year’s prices.
Federal managers are warning that there may not be enough sockeye salmon to allow a full season of subsistence fishing on the Stikine River.
In the Nushagak District, managing harvest is tough because chinook and sockeye runs overlap, so when the sockeye harvests increase, so does incidental chinook bycatch.
Fish and Game doesn’t have an answer for the almost 60% drop in salmon harvest between 2019 and 2020.
Fish and Game said 2020 is ‘definitely a historic, very poor pink salmon harvest.’
The EPA’s 100-page comment on the Pebble Mine draft EIS cited a study focusing on the growth and development of young salmon in the Bristol Bay watershed.
Sockeye salmon returned to Haines’ Chilkoot River in strong numbers this summer. The run is winding down, but tracking near the upper end of the escapement goal set by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.