By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Southeast gillnet catch came in far below 10-year average


October 18, 2023

The Southeast salmon drift gillnet season officially closed Thursday, Oct. 12, with the state reporting the harvest came in below the 10-year average of 2013-2022 for all species other than chum salmon.

Though overall run strengths for all species other than king salmon “were generally good to excellent” in Southeast, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported Oct. 12, the drift gillnet harvest was weaker than usual for several reasons.

The state reported there were fewer commercial gillnetters working — 341 this year, down by 20 boats from last year and down even more from the 1...

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