The Alaska Board of Fisheries closed some waters near Angoon to purse seining in order to improve subsistence harvests, in action over the weekend.


They also shot down the use of unmanned aircraft to aid in salmon fishing.


The closure was intended to improve access to sockeye salmon in freshwater systems important to the subsistence harvest in Angoon.


During committee work earlier in the week, Angoon residents spoke passionately about the impact of low sockeye availability, and subsistence harvest limits often as low as 15 fish.


Alaska Department of Fish & Game staff initially opposed Proposal 193, because it would limit their flexibility to manage the seine fishery.


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