Opinion: Alaska troller king salmon quotas unfair

July 1 is the most anticipated day of the year for Alaska trollers. It marks the start of the summer king season when there are usually lots of salmon to catch and the fishing grounds are fully open. No matter how long they’ve fished, there is not one troller who doesn’t feel the elation of seeing just the right tug on a line that results in a beautiful, shimmering king salmon being hauled over the rail.

That joy is tarnished this year by the fact that Alaska and Canadian trollers are fishing at levels that fall well below sustainable or fair.

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Samuel Hill

Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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