GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). 

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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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

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 noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 

 

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March 23, 2020

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