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Troll Season to Target King Salmon in Opener

Southeast Alaska trollers will target about 83,900 treaty kings during the first Chinook salmon fishery of the summer commercial troll season.

The opener is set 12:01 a.m. July 1.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game, under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty and regulations established by the Alaska Board of Fisheries, has set commercial troll Chinook salmon allocation for the Oct. 11, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020, at 148,500 treaty kings.

The department estimates that 119,800 Chinook remain to be harvested in the summer fishery, with the initial retention period to be managed to harvest 70 percent of the remaining allocation. 

Numbers are up from last year.

Based on harvest rates in previous years and in both commercial troll and recreational fisheries this spring, the department estimates the harvest target will be taken in seven to eight days.

The remainder of the troll treaty Chinook salmon allocation will be available for harvest in a second fishing period following any closure of the coho salmon troll fishery, or no later than Aug. 20, if a coho closure is not necessary, the department said.

Trollers are being encouraged to contact the troll fishery managers during the retention period to report catch and effort information via phone, 747-6688, voicemail available after hours, or email (grant.hagerman@alaska.gov or mike.vaughn@alaska.gov). 

The fishery closure will be announced by ADF&G advisory announcement, U.S. Coast Guard and National Weather Service marine information broadcasts and the ADF&G troll fishery telephone hotline.

 

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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 11-24-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:25 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 578

Total statewide – 27,669

Total (cumulative) deaths – 115

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 619

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Active cases in Sitka – 29

Hospitalizations in Sitka – 3

Cumulative Sitka cases – 176 (155 resident; 21 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 147 cumulative

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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20 YEARS AGO
November 2000

Photo caption: A painting by the late Dr. Walt Massey hangs on the wall of the Pioneers Home dining room,. bringing smiles from home administrator Julie Smith and Massey’s son Brian and daughter-in-law Amy, the home’s dietary manager. The painting of early-day Sitka was done in 1971, the year Dr. Massey, an optometrist and artist, died. It originally hung in the Canoe Club and was given by the restaurant’s owner, Frank Richards, to local historian Joe Ashby, who gave it to the Pioneers Home.

50 YEARS AGO
November 1970

Photo  caption: Sitka High School band director James Hope receives a check for $2,000 from American Legion Post 13 Commander Carroll Kohler. The Legion had voted to contribute $1,000 for uniforms and the Auxiliary voted to match that amount. The check was presented at the Legion’s Veterans Day banquet.

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