The compromise would leave sport fishing bag limits unchanged throughout the season.
The decision is a loss for Ketchikan’s winter economy and is leaving some feeling cut out of the decision-making process.
The regional subsistence advisory council says its proposals are responding to food security concerns from villages.
The short answer is yes. It was there for decades, and there are plenty of people still around in Juneau who remember it.
“They are putting our employees at risk by shooting in blind areas,” mine spokesman Mike Satre said. The Alaska Board of Game will weigh the proposal at its January meeting in Petersburg.
Historically the derby’s heaviest fish have been kings. This year, first place will go to a silver. Derby officials plan to finalize results for the 2017 derby and announce winners on Tuesday.
Juneau’s Spring King Salmon Derby won’t happen this year, because there aren’t enough fish. State biologists predict chinook returns will be low this year.
Guns and ammo sales fund state wildlife conservation through a federal tax. Those sales have been so robust for so long that, for the first time this year, the state is likely to give millions back to the feds.