By Kyle Clayton
Chilkat Valley News 

Juneau charter operator thinks squid may be eating young salmon


February 23, 2022

Courtesy Chilkat Valley News, Haines

Juneau charter operator Richard Yamada caught a magister squid in southern Lynn Canal on Aug. 29, 2020, using a jig, which he displayed in his other hand.

A Juneau-based fishing charter and lodge owner has a hunch that a viable commercial squid fishery could exist in Southeast.

Richard Yamada, who's been operating fishing charters for 40 years, has been looking for ways to reduce the damage to his business as king salmon numbers decline. He speculates that an influx of magister squid in the northern Inside Passage might be one factor affecting salmon survival.

About 15 years ago. while fishing for rockfish, he and his clients caught a magister squid.

"We didn't even know what the species was," Yamada said. "We never caught any more so we...

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