HATS OFF – Sitka High School graduates toss their mortarboards in the air after receiving their degrees Monday night in the Sitka High gym. This year 74 seniors graduated in a ceremony that included addresses by teacher Howard Wayne and class representative Nai’a Nelson, a performance by the symphonic band and a video of graduates. A car parade was held after the ceremony. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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8-Day SE Trolling Shutdown to Start Friday

By GARLAND KENNEDY
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Southeast Alaska’s commercial troll salmon fishery will close for eight days, starting Thursday, due to low abundance of coho salmon, state Fish and Game officials announced today.

The fishery will reopen August 15, they said.

“The point of the closure is to try to move fish to the inside,” said ADFG Commercial Troll Management Biologist Grant Hagerman. “They’re not being exploited, they’re passing through the fishery... You’ve got this eight-day closure based on the below average (coho) catch rates and below average returns.”

Hagerman said coho catches were low in all six trolling areas.

“The catch per unit effort is more of an accurate picture of abundance,” he said. “So through the first four or five weeks they’ve been well below average in all of our big six troll areas... Each one has been below the long-term average by quite a bit, but the eight-day closure for the coho conservation was based on the poor catch rates and not a lot of fish on the inside.”

He said not only is abundance low, but the coho are smaller than average.

Hagerman said the five-year average weight is 5.6 pounds, but this year the average is only 4.8 pounds, a 17% reduction. He said that in addition, coho prices are down to $1.73 per pound, roughly a 20% drop from the five-year price average.

A troller cruises across Sitka Sound at dusk Friday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

King salmon were not spared from the decline in prices either, he said.

“The market has definitely been affected by the pandemic, especially in spring troll when there were all these restaurants that weren’t able to open,” he said.

The price paid for kings now stands at $4.76 per pound, down 20% from the average.

But Hagerman noted that king salmon abundance seems on target, and that 50,600 will be available in the August opener. Hagerman described this as “a pretty big number” for an August opener.

An ADFG press release states that the second king opener will likely last between four and six days.

“The retention period will be managed in season with no predetermined length and will be closed by emergency order. The department anticipates a relatively short opening, with the harvest target estimated to be taken in four to six days,” the announcement said.

Hagerman was optimistic about king salmon fishing in the second opener.

“There have been a lot of kings around, the catch rates were pretty good in the July opener,” he said. “And there have been reports of high encounters with chinooks. So if the weather is good I anticipate some really good catch rates...but weather can play a big factor in this August opener for sure,” he said.

The closure begins at 11:59 p.m. Thursday and runs through 12:01 a.m. on August 15. Hagerman added that some areas will remain open for fishing, mostly for chum salmon in terminal areas as part of the hatchery fishery.

These areas include West Crawfish and Crawfish Inlets, Hidden Falls, and part of Sitka Sound, among others. Full information and maps of the areas that will remain open for fishing during the closure are available at adfg.alaska.gov under the ‘Fishing’ tab.

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20 YEARS AGO

May 2004

Dr. Arthur Cleveland, a former dean at Columbus State University in Georgia, was named the new president of Sheldon Jackson College, SJC officials announced today. He will be replacing C. Carlyle Haaland, who has held the position for four years.


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May 1974

Coaching and managing the Little League teams this year are John Abbott and John Calhoun, ANB; Dale and DeWayne Vilandre, Alaska Federal; Walt Barker, Elks; Frank Simmons and Frank Vilandre, Lions; Leo Bacon, Pat Ness, Cliff Robards and Bob Edenso, Moose; and Everett Webb, Sportsmen. Head umpire is Carl Karpstein.

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