Ketchikan cancels king salmon derby


Just three days after announcing the Ketchikan king salmon derby would return after a three-year absence, organizers reversed course and said there will be no derby next month.

Organizers had planned for two weekends of derby fishing — June 18-20 and June 25-27 — but the Alaska Department of Fish and Game thought that would be a bad idea, considering low king stocks in the area.

The department’s sport fish division called the event organizer on May 11 with the bad news. “They expressed some concerns with the idea of basically encouraging 1,000 boats across a couple of weekends to go...

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