By Garland Kennedy
Sitka Sentinel 

State reopens Outer Coast to king salmon trollers


The winter troll king salmon fishery reopened in outside waters around Southeast Alaska last Sunday.

Trollers will be able to target up to 28,000 Chinook salmon remaining in the fleet’s original winter guideline harvest level of 45,000 fish. The opening will last through the end of April, or until the remaining fish of the guideline harvest are caught.

The state’s March 30 emergency order opened much of Southeast Alaska’s Outer Coast — from Craig to Yakutat — to the troll fleet. The Department of Fish and Game decided the opening would not threaten weak salmon runs to inside river systems.


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