Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Fisheries board agrees to draft letter on otters


February 1, 2018

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From a presentation delivered by the Commercial Fisheries Division at last month's Board of Fisheries meeting in Sitka, the growth of three-year rotation groups for sea cucumbers in Southeast Alaska and guideline harvest levels is tracked. Its decline for much of the past decade has been linked to a growing population of sea otters in the region.

On its regional meeting's concluding day last week the Board of Fisheries agreed to draft a letter to federal authorities, encouraging them to support efforts to curb seafood predation by marine mammals.

During its 13-day meeting in Sitka, the board reviewed regulatory proposals for both finfish and shellfish for Southeast Alaska and Yakutat. Starting with shellfish on January 11, 155 different items relating to the region's crab, shrimp and dive fisheries saw comment from both Department of Fish and Game managers and user groups, as well as individuals.

Among both Dungeness crab and dive f...

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