Alaska halts southeast commercial, sport king salmon fishing

Fishing quality in 2018 was particularly good for Chinook salmon and brown trout. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Alaska officials are shutting down commercial and salt-water sport chinook salmon fishing throughout Southeast Alaska.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game stated “extreme management measures” are needed to protect kings originating from Southeast Alaska, Northern British Columbia, the Fraser River of British Columbia and the coast of Washington state.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the stoppage started Thursday, Aug. 10 and will last at least through Sept. 30.

Fish and Game Deputy Commissioner Charles Swanton says researchers and anglers aren’t missing the fish, “the fish just aren’t there.”

In-season fish data from state, federal and Canada agencies suggest the deficient king numbers could continue through 2018 or later.

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