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State grants limited opening for kings; nine per troller

The Southeast king salmon troll fishery opened Friday, Sept. 1, for the third time this summer, though relatively few fish remain in this year’s allocation, the Department of Fish and Game announced. With only about 3,200 kings remaining in the...

 By Nathaniel Herz    News    August 30, 2023

Governor names radio show host to commercial fishing post

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has appointed a Republican advertising consultant and talk show host to a highly paid state government job overseeing commercial fishing permits. Dunleavy this month appointed Mike Porcaro of Anchorage as one of two commissioners o... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    August 30, 2023

Federal agency rejects endangered listing for Southeast wolves

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again rejected a request to list Southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago wolves as endangered or threatened. The wolves, found in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia, range among the region’s large, old... Full story

 By Lex Treinen    News    August 23, 2023

Haines brown bear raids garden for carrots

When Leigh Horner slipped out of her house on the outskirts of Fort Seward in Haines last week for a Mai Tai at the distillery, she didn’t realize someone was watching her, waiting for a chance to steal some of her things. But the someone wasn’t...

 By Larry Persily    News    August 16, 2023

Oversupply and inflationary pressure on consumers drag down salmon prices

Oversupply from bumper harvests last year and inflationary pressures squeezing household food budgets have made it a terrible year for Alaska salmon prices. A near-record pink salmon harvest in Russia isn’t helping by adding more fish to the...

 By Anna Laffrey    News    August 9, 2023

Southeast seiners could double pre-season pink harvest estimate

Southeast Alaska commercial seine fishermen are blazing past pink salmon catch estimates that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicted for the summer season. Fish and Game in May forecast that seine fishermen would harvest about 19 million...

 By Anna Laffrey    News    August 9, 2023

Trollers get 24-hour chinook opening on Friday

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a second opportunity for commercial trollers to catch chinook salmon in Southeast after a smaller-than-average troll fleet took about 85,000 chinook during an initial opener July 1-12. Troll...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    August 2, 2023

Federal grant will help determine if a squid fishery can work in Southeast

Which came first, the magister squid fishery or the magister squid market? A Juneau charter fishing operator was recently awarded a $230,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

 By Sitka Sentinel    News    July 19, 2023

Southeast commercial king salmon harvest closed July 12

The Southeast Alaska commercial troll fishery closed to the retention of chinook salmon at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. That’s when the Alaska Department of Fish and Game expected that the target of 77,100 chinook for the summer’s first...

 By Hope McKenney    News    July 12, 2023

State will start monitoring for invasive green crabs at Dutch Harbor

Unalaska is preparing to start monitoring for European green crabs. That’s after the invasive species was first found in waters around Metlakatla last July. The crabs could cause a big problem. They destroy habitat and outcompete native species....

 By Garland Kennedy    News    July 5, 2023

State sets commercial troll harvest limit at 74,800 kings

The Department of Fish and Game has announced that 74,800 “treaty” king salmon (non-hatchery fish) will be available for taking in the summer commercial troll season’s first opening, which started Saturday. The department released summer king...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    July 5, 2023

State surveillance finds new tick species moving into Alaska

More than 2,000 ticks collected over a decade in Alaska revealed a pattern: New tick species are being introduced to the state, often through dogs traveling from the south. They're joining the... Full story

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 28, 2023

Families come out for fishing fun on Pats Lake

The road along Pats Lake was lined with parked vehicles on Saturday, June 24, as parents, grandparents and kids of various ages turned out for Family Fishing Day. Staff from the U.S. Forest Service,...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    June 28, 2023

State asks marine council to revoke sustainable label for Russian seafood

The commissioner of Alaska's Department of Fish and Game has urged the organization that certifies seafood harvests as sustainable to revoke its endorsements for Russian-caught fish. Commissioner... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    June 21, 2023

Borough to install harbor security cameras before winter

After an uptick in thefts at Wrangell harbors in recent years, the borough is moving to install security cameras and improve lighting at all the facilities to help keep users’ property safe. At its June 13 meeting, the borough assembly unanimously...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    June 21, 2023

Federal/state task force will develop science plan for Western Alaska salmon

Federal and state leaders have appointed 19 experts to a special task force responsible for creating a science plan to better understand Alaska’s salmon, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service announced. Task... Full story


Find an unknown salmon creek and earn $100

Up until last year, Southeast Alaska's Mitkof Island was home to a creek with some unique salmon: They only turned left. Officially, anyway. There is a fork in Ohmer Creek, on Mitkof Island. On the...


Fishermen tell federal official loss of king troll season will be 'a disaster'

More than 100 salmon trollers packed a Sitka meeting on June 7 with sharp questions about the future of their fishery, facing what could be an unprecedented full shutdown of this year’s chinook trolling season. “I’m optimistic, but I’m also...

 By Shannon Haugland    News    June 7, 2023

State says troll season will open July 1, but no chinook harvest

The Southeast Alaska summer commercial troll season for coho and chum salmon will open on July 1, but no chinook retention will be allowed, the state Department of Fish and Game announced May 30. The prohibition on troll-caught kings is due to the...


The Way We Were

May 31, 1923 The first aerial mail ever received through the Wrangell post office came from Lake Bay Wednesday morning, having been brought by the seaplane Northbird piloted by Roy Jones with Glen Day as engineer. Mr. Jones stated that the flight...

 By Anna Laffrey    News    May 31, 2023

State files another appeal with court to save commercial king salmon troll fishery

A federal judge has denied the state of Alaska’s request for a stay of an order that could close down the Southeast king salmon troll fishery this summer and winter. The last option to open the fishery this season is another appeal. After the...

 By Sentinel staff    News    May 31, 2023

Fishing derby tentatively set for mid-June

The annual Wrangell King Salmon Derby is tentatively set for June 15 through July 2. Though the chamber of commerce, which is still organizing the event, hasn’t officially set the dates or prizes, the derby typically runs for about two weeks, with...

 By Sentinel staff    News    May 31, 2023

Family Fishing Day to feature activities for young and young-at-heart

Bring a fishing pole and plenty of enthusiasm to Pats Lake for an annual event sure to lure in the whole family. Family Fishing Day on June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will have something for everyone, from lure making to casting practice and even a...

 By Gene Johnson    News    May 10, 2023

Judge's ruling could shut down summer troll king salmon season

SEATTLE (AP) — A ruling from a federal judge in Seattle could effectively shut down commercial king salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska — a valuable industry that supports some 1,500 fishermen — after a Washington state-based conservation...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 10, 2023

Tlingit & Haida distributes herring eggs to tribal citizens

Tribal citizens lined up outside the WCA carving shed on the sunny afternoon of May 2 to collect boxes of herring eggs from the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The Tlingit and Haida Traditional Food Security program...


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