By Kyle Clayton
Chilkat Valley News Haines 

Federal grant will help determine if a squid fishery can work in Southeast


August 2, 2023

Courtesy Chilkat Valley News, Haines

Juneau charter operator Richard Yamada, displaying a magister squid he hooked in southern Lynn Canal in 2020, has received a federal grant to help determine if a commercial fishery for the squid could work in Southeast.

Which came first, the magister squid fishery or the magister squid market?

A Juneau charter fishing operator was recently awarded a $230,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to find out, and fishermen might soon have a chance to diversify in the face of declining fish stocks and high barriers to entry in other markets.

"It's the chicken and the egg. Do you start researching how to catch them or if there's a market?" said Richard Yamada, who has dedicated the past several years to learning more about magister squid, a species he and some biologists speculate is...

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