National Fisherman


Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists say the next commercial opening of the Copper River District for wild salmon harvests is anticipated to be on Monday, May 27, with the time and area to be announced on Saturday, May 25.

Meanwhile, the Copper River District is to open for subsistence fishing at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, for a 12-hour period with waters within the Chinook salmon inside closure area to be closed during this subsistence period.

The Miles Lake sonar project is currently operational on the north bank of the river, but the south bank sonar has not yet been deployed due to low water and ice conditions.

The cumulative sonar count to date is no fish, whereas the anticipated count for this date was 19,602 fish, state biologists said.

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Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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