Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

District 8 closures to limit derby to weekends


February 1, 2018

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A draft map arranged by the Derby Committee shows which waters would be open to sport fishermen during this year's annual salmon derby. The hashed-out waters to the north make up District 8. Traditional derby boundaries south of Etolin Island and beyond Zarembo Island would still apply, but most waters in District 7 would remain open to participants. An exception would be in the Back Channel to Wrangell's east, which could see a partial closure extended to the Channel Island area.

The committee responsible for organizing Wrangell's annual king salmon derby decided last week to alter its usual scheduling, in light of anticipated emergency orders limiting sport opportunity at the Stikine River.

In its 66th year now, the 2018 Wrangell King Salmon Derby is an annual activity put on by the Chamber of Commerce. Its derby committee is a voluntary body filled by community members, currently chaired by Shawn Curley.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game intends to issue an emergency management order for this spring and summer, closing most of District 8 to sport fishermen an...

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